Research In Motion’s (RIM) latest and greatest, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone, isn’t yet available in the United States–or elsewhere–but that didn’t stop me from getting my thumbs on the new slider.
I’m holding my full review of the Torch until I can put it through the appropriate paces, but I thought I’d post up the following unboxing video for folks like me who are anxious for every little Torch-tidbit available.
The most notable observations from my unboxing video: The BlackBerry Torch 9800 ships with a “new” power-source that I’ve never seen in any other RIM device, an F-S1 battery, which is both shorter and slightly thicker than the battery found in RIM’s Bold 9000 and Bold 9700 smartphones; the Torch comes with RIM’s new USB/cable charger combo, i.e., you no longer get two separate cords for syncing and charging, and the actual USB charging adapter is significantly smaller than the older “blade-style” charger that ships with most modern BlackBerrys; and its micro USB cable is significantly longer than the micro USB cords that came with recent BlackBerry smartphones.
Check out the clip below for my BlackBerry Torch 9800 slider video unboxing. And visit RIM’s website for more official details.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.