Blackberry Torch 9800: release date and initial exclusive carrier

Blackberry Torch 9800 - show shows the slide-out keyboard in open and closed positionsThe BlackBerry Torch 9800, first shown in early August, now has an Australian release date – 25 October 2010. Intially, the Torch is exclusive to Optus, with Telstra, Vodafone and 3 to sell the phone in a few months.

This is a whole ball of new for BlackBerry. The Torch 9800 is the first to feature the BlackBerry 6 operating system, and it features both a 3.2 inch touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard.

Below is a video preview of the Blackberry 6 operating system. For more information on specs, plus a video hands-on, read our BlackBerry Torch 9800 preview.

A video preview of BlackBerry 6