The phone is also the first BlackBerry to run 6 OS. The Torch 9800 will debut Aug. 12 at AT&T for $200 with a two-year contract.
Four buttons familiar to BlackBerry users: Talk, Menu, Back and Power/End. flank the square optical touchpad, which can be used for navigation in addition to the touchscreen.
The phone also features an upgraded 5-megapixel camera.
Research in Motion hopes the new touch screen and keyboard combination will give the Torch an edge over iPhone and Android competitors.