Today seems to be the day of BlackBerry leaks. Having not announced anything new at CES 2011, RIM is apparently preparing a whole bunch of announcements, to refresh its entire range of smartphones. And after the previously (a few hours ago) leaked BlackBerry Dakota and Curve Apollo, it’s now time for us to get some details about what will be the successor to the not so well received Torch.
This will be called, how else, the Torch 2. A picture of it has leaked, and sure enough, in pure BlackBerry tradition, it looks almost the same as the phone it’s going to replace in RIM’s portfolio, save for a new matte silver finish.
But don’t let that fool you – on the inside, there are a lot of upgrades. The BlackBerry Torch 2 will be powered by a 1.2 GHz processor, it will have 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of bulit-in storage space, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, NFC support, GPS, Bluetooth, tri-band HSPA 14.4 Mbps, quad-band GSM, a 3.2-inch VGA (640×480) capacitive touchscreen, and a 1300 mAh battery. The smartphone will run the upcoming BlackBerry OS 6.1, and it will be 14.6 mm thin (or thick, depending on how you look at this).
Supposedly, the Torch 2 will be released by AT&T sometime in the third quarter of this year.
So, hardware-wise, improvements everywhere, and it can probably be said that the Torch 2 will be what the original Torch should have been. That is, if you believe the above rumor. It is a bit too detailed to be completely fabricated though, so, while employing the standard grain of salt as always, we are inclined to believe that this is a rather accurate description of the device.
What remains to be seen is whether its hardware innards were the only things that kept the original Torch from selling well, or if BlackBerry OS 6.1, by all accounts a minor revision of the OS, will be able to bring any significant software appeal to the table.
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