Blackberry touch is official!

Blackberry lovers finally get their touch screen.

Research In Motion unveiled a new BlackBerry smartphone with a touchscreen and slideout keyboard, hoping to raise its consumer appeal and fend off competition from Apple’s iPhone.

The BlackBerry Torch will go on sale in the United States on August 12 for $199.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T Inc. in a move similar to AT&T’s exclusive contract with the iPhone. Analysts said the consumer-friendly features could help the BlackBerry catch up with the iPhone, as well as smartphones that use Google’s Android operating system such as Motorola’s Droid.

The Torch features a touch screen, but also has a slide down keyboard.

While some sites argue that consumers should wait for the iPhone to come to Verizon, other sources argue that Apple has little reason to go to other networks.

Blackberry did not try to reinvent the wheel. The Torch does not change the name of the game for touch smartphones. Blackberry seems to be the standard for business, and now, there’s just one more option out there.

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