By Chuong Nguyen | August 30, 2010 4:06 AM
Research in Motion’s latest flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch, which debuted on AT&T first, will soon be making its way back to RIM’s home country of Canada for a mid-September launch across the major Canadian carriers if rumors are to be believed. Speculation has it that Telus will be launching the device on September 16 and now retailer Future Shop is showing the Torch in their systems for carrier Rogers for September 15. The screen capture shows a price of $999, which would most likely be a placeholder until actual pricing information is available, perhaps closer to the launch date.
The BlackBerry Torch is the first touchscreen Research in Motion smartphone to have ditched the SurePress click-screen that debuted on the Storm on Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Additionally, it is the first BlackBerry smartphone to employ the slider form factor that combines the touchscreen and the BlackBerry keyboard in a convenient, compact form factor. The Torch has been met with some mixed reviews, though the device has been welcomed with positive reception among the BlackBerry community as it has been called the best BlackBerry smartphone by many diehard BlackBerry users.
A Canadian release in mid-September should expand the scope of the Torch beyond the reach of AT&T’s exclusivity in the U.S.