Research In Motion unveiled the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the first handset to run the latest version of its operating system, Blackberry 6. The operating system has been redesigned to work both with the 3.2-inch touch screen and the slide-out qwerty keypad. In addition to BlackBerry Messenger and push mail, the OS integrates RSS feeds, instant messaging clients and a range of social networking services, including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The Torch also comes with a new WebKit-based web browser with pinch to zoon functionality, and a universal search feature for accessing information and content on the phone, internet and BlackBerry App World. The Torch will launch first with AT&T in the US, from 12 August. RIM’s new Text Messages application will include full support for AT&T’s SMS and MMS services, including the operator’s new Locations feature, which lets users search for points of interest, businesses and their own location and insert this information directly into a message. Other pre-loaded icons will give access to information and entertainment applications such as Bloomberg, ESPN, The Weather Channel and Slacker radio, and AT&T’s Web Video Search, a new app that searches video content from over 70 major internet video websites. The Torch will also be the first BlackBerry to include BlackBerry App World pre-installed, supporting carrier billing through AT&T. The Torch’s specifications include a 624 Mhz processor with 512 MB Flash memory, optical track pad, 5 megapixel camera, 4GB storage plus microSD card slot, GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headset jack, tri-band HSDPA and quad-band EDGE support and a 1300 mAhr battery. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 will sell for USD 199.99 with two-year contracts for voice and data plans. New customers can get 200 MB of data for USD 15 per month or 2 GB for USD 25, including free access to AT&T’s hotspot network. RIM said the new OS will also work on some existing Blackberry models, and will roll out to the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G in the coming months. The company also relased a Java SDK for developers interested in making apps for the new OS.