What developers need to know about the BlackBerry Torch 9800

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Over at the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog, a new entry was posted not too long ago in regard to developers and the new device we got to play with yesterday.  The BlackBerry Torch 9800 introduces BlackBerry 6, the new and “elite” operating system from RIM which calls for new SDK for developers.  So on their blog they posted a note for what developers need to know about the Torch 9800 before beginning application development.

  • Supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA networks worldwide providing 3G cellular connectivity around the world
  • 480 x 360 screen resolution
  • 5.0 MP Camera with Auto Focus, Scene Modes support and video recording
  • Location Support through the Geolocation Service and Autonomous GPS
  • Wi-Fi® Support – 802.11n
  • 4 GB of onboard memory, with microSD support for up to 32GB (for multimedia, etc.); 512MB flash memory (Application Space)
  • The first BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard and touch screen!
  • Touch screen and trackpad: Touch screen does not utilize SurePress™ – to accommodate in-market apps supporting SurePress, a TouchEvent.DOWN event will also generate TouchEvent.CLICK and TouchEvent.UNCLICK events. So what would’ve previously been a DOWN / UP sequence on previous BlackBerry smartphones supporting touch now results in a DOWN / CLICK / UNCLICK / UP sequence, where the CLICK and UNCLICK events are generated following the DOWN event.

-by Otoniel Bruno

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