BlackBerry Torch new name for RIM's slider smartphone?

Touchscreen/QWERTY device to ditch Bold 9800 moniker?

Storm, Pearl, Bold and Curve to get new stablemate?

The hotly-touted BlackBerry 9800 slider phone could become the first ever BlackBerry Torch phone rather than an extension of the ultra-popular Bold line-up.

The handset, which will be RIM's first to boast a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, is also set feature the new BlackBerry 6.0 operating system when it arrives later this year.

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However, according to the obsessives at CrackBerry.com, top brass at RIM are considering adding the Torch moniker to the BlackBerry stable, joining the Pearl, Curve, Storm and Bold brands.

So, what else do we know about the 9800 smartphone? Well, it looks a little like the Palm Pre handset, it will have 3G and WiFi as well as a 480x360 resolution screen with an on-screen virtual keyboard.

The device is tipped to be unveiled at the company's annual expo in Orlando, Florida at the end of June.

Link: RIM (via CrackBerry | Picture via The Berry Fix)