Out With the Old; In with Part 2: The New Blackberry Torch

RIM has yet to announce it, but its new Blackberry Torch which is currently being called the Blackberry Torch 2 (Creative right?) seems to have made its way into the hands of writers at Engadget.

The phone comes fully equipped with the new Blackberry  OS 7 which has also recently leaked.  On the hardware front, RIM has made major upgrades including a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, a higher resolution display, the usual 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, proximity and ambient light sensors and also a new magnetometer. There are also rumors of an NFC chip in there though those have not been confirmed yet. The touchscreen interfaces is said to be exponentially better than that of its predecessor, though that is not really saying much as the interface of the previous torch was passable at best. The camera is still 5megapixels, though RIM has chosen to add 720p HD video recording. Basically, it seems to be a Torch on steroids.

That is a lot of inprovement but the phone itself on the exterior does not look very different from its predecessor. It has the same basic form factor with the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that Blackerrys are so often associated with. The phone is also the same size and thickness as the previous model, though according to Engadget, the surface has a “new gunmetal grey finish that encloses the entire device. It’s not quite as shiny as the original, and we prefer the matte finish to the cheap-looking plastic of the original”.

Current information points to a summer release though, this is quite a lot of info about a product that is yet to be officially announced by RIM. I, for one, hope this phone is all it is made out to be and more. Maybe then, my many blackberry-carrying friends will finally be able to stand a chance in the the ever-raging Blackberry vs iPhone debate. I am not very optimistic of this outcome.

What do you think? Is RIM finally pulling its head out of the sand and taking a step in the right direction? Would you buy the Torch 2? Let us know in the comments.

[source: engadget]

Dunni Abiodun

Dunni Abiodun is a student at the University of Waterloo. He finished his secondary education at Whitesands School in 2009 and has been a casual blogger in a wide range of topics since then. He holds a keen interest in all things tech related. It is because of this that he decided to join the Technesstivity team. In his spare time, he enjoys watching TV shows and reading novels.

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