A new smartphone was announced by Research in Motion (RIM) during an event held by AT&T today. It also happens to be the first BlackBerry phone to carry the new BlackBerry 6 operating system that has been in development. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone is their latest entry, and it is exclusive to AT&T.

Blackberry Torch

The new phone carries a 3.2” touchscreen at 360×480 resolution which is not exactly stellar. At least they included a full slider keyboard, which should make existing BlackBerry owners very happy. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, and 4GB of built-in storage (up to 32GB via memory card).

Although the BlackBerry Torch only has a dismal 624MHz processor and a low resolution screen, the really big story here is the new BlackBerry 6 OS, which is RIM’s latest attempt to catch up with the iOS and Android platforms. It brings a new look and feel to the UI as well as a new web browser with features you expect like pinch-to-zoom. Additionally they have included a new universal search feature so you can quickly find nearly anything on your phone.

Another big feature being shown on the BlackBerry Torch thanks to the OS are the new social networking features. Any messages a user sends or receives through RSS, BlackBerry Messenger, FaceBook, Twitter, or MySpace is managed by the OS, so it is even easier to communicate with others.

A rich multimedia experience is also promised thanks to the new YouTube and Podcast apps. Speaking of apps, there is some talk about what kind of apps can be developed. While not officially announced yet, the early word is they could be similar to WebOS apps. They would essentially use WebKit to do all the heavy lifting.

So what other details are there about the BlackBerry Torch? We know it will come with 802.11n Wi-Fi and the ability to wirelessly sync. There is a flash included so the camera won’t be afraid of the dark. The standard optical trackpad is still included of course. The price when it launches on AT&T will be $199.99 with a new contract. When does the BlackBerry Torch hit the market? The current date is August 12, which is right around the corner!