Research in Motion has been teasing us with previews of the new BlackBerry 6 operating system for weeks. But today the company officially introduced the first phone that will run the new OS: The BlackBerry Torch 9800. It will be available for $199.99 with a 2-year contract from AT&T starting August 12th.
The operating system will also be able to run on older BlackBerry devices including the Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and Pearl 3G.
BlackBerry 6 is still first and foremost designed with corporate users in mind, with strong security features and support for push email. But RIM has also baked in a new and improved Webkit-based web browser and new multimedia features as well as improved search features and a revised home screen layout.
Other new features include integration with Facebook, Twitter, and instant messaging services and the ability to synchronize media between a BlackBerry device and a PC over a WiFi connection.
If you’re looking for more information about the BlackBerry Torch 9800, I suggest you check out Gizmodo’s first look. It’s one of the best, most detailed articles on the phone I’ve seen… today.