RIM Announces Blackberry Torch Smartphone

Canadian manufacturer RIM has announced the arrival of a new smartphone which it hopes will allow it to compete more effectively with the growing number of Android devices and the threat of the iPhone as a platform.

The device, which can be found here, looks like a reworked version of the Blackberry Storm with a slideout keyboard à la Palm. It has a 3.2-inch HVGA+ capacitive touchscreen (480x360 pixels) with accelerometer, light and proximity sensors, a 5-megapixel camera with flash and VGA video recording.

More importantly, it comes with 512MB memory (enough for smooth operation) with 4.5GB Flash storage included. Other features include 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Blackberry OS 6, a reworked Web-kit based web browser and what RIM calls next generation messaging with the ability to communicate with up to 10 people at the same time.

It would be interesting to see whether the brand new operating will be available on any other RIM smartphone and whether it will support Flash.