RIM has announced the first smartphone on its BlackBerry 6 operating system, the BlackBerry Torch 9800.
The device is the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen display.
Vodafone has confirmed it will sell the device in the UK. It is also likely to be available on O2 and Virgin Mobile, although the operators are yet to confirm.
The BlackBerry Torch features a high resolution capacitive touch-screen (480 x 360 pixels, 3.2"diagonal measurement) with accelerometer, HSDPA support (3.6 Mbps), built-in GPS and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), 512 MB Flash, 4 GB onboard memory, microSDHC memory card slot (up to 32 GB) and a 624 MHz processor.
Meanwhile, the BlackBerry 6 operating system includes crisp, more immersive visuals, including new icons, graphics and animations; new WebKit-based browser with tabbed browsing; multi-touch support (such as pinch to zoom) while browsing, viewing photos; graphical, context-sensitive pop-up menus; redesigned core apps, plus a new multimedia UI and new apps for downloading podcasts, watching YouTube videos, and integrating RSS and social networking feeds.