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.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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