On Tuesday, Research in Motion revealed the Blackberry Torch 9800 - its first handset to ship with Blackberry 6 OS.

It's a desperate attempt to win back potential defectors to iPhone and Android, with a new eye towards consumers, but it just might work. Here's a look at the new Blackberry Torch and the key features of Blackberry 6.

Blackberry Torch basics

The Blackberry Torch has a 3.2inch, 480x360 resolution touch screen. Other specs include more than 1GB of combined RAM/ROM storage, 4GB memory, a 4GB microSD card and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Slide-out QWERTY

The physical keyboard slides vertically, but unlike the Palm Pre, the bulk of the phone rests in the underside, with the screen sliding up. Is physical keyboard dead? Not if RIM has anything to say about it.

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Dimensions

Measuring 4.4x2.4x0.6in when closed, the Blackberry Torch gains an extra 1.5in with the keyboard revealed, and weighs 125g. A 1300 mAHr rechargeable battery provides up to 5 hours and 30 minutes of GSM talk time, 30 hours of music and 6 hours of video. In standby, the Blackberry Torch can last up to 18 days.

On the sides

On the phone's right side, you'll find the usual buttons for volume and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the left, there's a micro USB jack. Sorry, no HDMI.

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To the back

Nothing revolutionary to report here, just a 5Mp camera with flash, image stabilisation, continuous autofocus, 11 scene modes and 2x digital zoom. Video recording is 640x480 VGA.

Blackberry 6: Webkit Browser

The new Blackberry uses a Webkit browser, the same technology behind the browsers for Android and the iPhone. It also adds windowed browsing. The ability to switch webpages without losing focus on the current page is a nice touch.

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Can RIM keep the BlackBerry fires burning in the hearts of its users with its latest Torch 9800 smartphone? Here is a look at the features that just might keep BlackBerry users from jumping ship to an Android device or Apple's iPhone.

Blackberry 6: Universal Search

Another feature that iPhone, Android and WebOS users already enjoy, universal search lets Blackberry users find apps and contacts with a search field. It can also extend the search to the Internet.

Blackberry 6: Multimedia

Blackberry 6's revamped media players are perhaps the greatest example of how RIM is now trying to reach consumers as well as business users. New features include a photo viewer with pinch-to-zoom, a music player with album cover art and a built-in YouTube app.

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  3. To the back
  4. BlackBerry 6: universal search
  5. Pre-loaded apps

Can RIM keep the BlackBerry fires burning in the hearts of its users with its latest Torch 9800 smartphone? Here is a look at the features that just might keep BlackBerry users from jumping ship to an Android device or Apple's iPhone.

Pre-loaded Apps

With a new eye on consumers, a major challenge for Research in Motion will be to build up App World as a rival to the iPhone App Store and Android Market. But to get users started, RIM is pre-loading the Blackberry Torch with The Weather Channel, ESPN, CNN, Slacker Radio Plus, Fandango, Bloomberg, YPMobile and Web Video Search.

Your world, delivered?

In the US, the handset will be available on AT&T exclusively, from August 12 for $199 (£125). UK networks and pricing have yet to be released.

See also: Flash for BlackBerry still a work in progress

Video: RIM unveils BlackBerry Torch 9800

  1. Take a visual tour of RIM's new smartphone
  2. Dimensions
  3. To the back
  4. BlackBerry 6: universal search
  5. Pre-loaded apps