Black­Berry nowavail­aBle through Bright­star

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Black­Berry users now have an­other av­enue to get their favourite de­vices and ac­ces­sories as re­search In Mo­tion (rIM) has ap­pointed Bright­star Dis­tri­bu­tion Sdn Bhd as its au­tho­rised dis­trib­u­tor here.

Pre­vi­ously, Black­Berry phones were only avail­able through the three tel­cos namely, DiGi, Maxis and cel­com.

ac­cord­ing to rIM, Bright­star’s net­work of op­er­a­tors and re­tail­ers, cou­pled with its value-added dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vices, will help sup­port the com­pany in in­creas­ing its chan­nel reach and pen­e­tra­tion in the lo­cal mar­ket.

“To­gether we will be able to bet­ter serve cus­tomers through greater points of pres­ence here,” said rIM asia Pa­cific di­rec­tor Gre­gory Wade.

He was speak­ing to the me­dia af­ter launch­ing the much-awaited Black­Berry Torch 9800 smart­phone.

A new bea­con

The Torch 9800 is a slider model that rIM said com­bines the best of two worlds — touch­screen func­tion­al­ity and a phys­i­cal Qw­erty key­board — in one de­vice.

More pre­cisely, it looks as if rIM has slapped to­gether two of its high-end mod­els, the Storm and Bold, to pro­duce an­other the Torch.

Mea­sur­ing 148 x 62 x 14.6mm and weigh­ing 162g, the Torch’s 3.2in ca­pac­i­tive TFT touch­screen slides up to re­veal a tra­di­tional Black­Berry Qw­erty key­board down be­low.

rIM’s SurePress technology, which pro­vides users with tac­tile feed­back when the touch­screen is pressed, is missing from the Torch but the op­ti­cal track­pad makes the cut.

The phone comes with 4GB of built-in me­mory that be ex­panded by up to 32GB via a mi­croSD slot. a 4GB card comes bun­dled with the pack­age.

Other no­table fea­tures in­clude a 5-megapixel cam­era with leD flash, con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus, 11 scene modes, geo­tag­ging as well as VGa video cap­ture with im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

as one would ex­pect, there’s also WiFi along with Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, as well as an aGPS chip for nav­i­ga­tion.

First to get BB 6

The Torch 9800 is also the first Black­Berry de­vice to come with the Black­Berry 6 op­er­at­ing sys­tem. The OS is billed as a true hy­brid sys­tem, where users can do al­most any­thing through touch, on the key­pad or us­ing the track­pad in be­tween them.

rIM is ex­pected to make the OS avail­able on the Bold 9700 and 9650, the curve 3G as well as Pearl 3G.

Some of the ma­jor en­hance­ments in Black­Berry 6 in­clude a new browser, which uses the same We­bkit en­gine as the ap­ple iOS and Google an­droid browsers.

The new OS also of­fers a myr­iad of new me­dia fea­tures such as a pod­cast ap­pli­ca­tion, en­hanced mu­sic and video player, WiFi mu­sic synch­ing to the Pc on home net­work and syn­chro­ni­sa­tion with Win­dows Me­dia Player.

also avail­able is the Web Video Search app, which is a high-level browser for mul­ti­ple on­line video sites, in­clud­ing youTube, ifilm, Dai­ly­mo­tion, Mo­biTV, MSN and oth­ers.

Black­Berry 6 also fea­tures the uni­ver­sal search func­tion where users are able to find just about any piece of con­tent on the phone sim­ply by typ­ing in their query into the search field.

No of­fi­cial prices and avail­abil­ity were an­nounched but in­ter­ested users can start to pre-or­der the de­vice now from their re­spec­tive tel­cos. ++++­ www.bright­star­

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