When a couple of blurry live images of the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 2 leaked last week, we were promised that clearer shots would come. And they have indeed surfaced, courtesy of TechnoBuffalo and one of their sources.
Like the blurry pics before them, the new, clear shots show a smartphone that looks very much like its predecessor, the original BlackBerry Torch. And clearly RIM’s intention here seems to be not confusing people any further with a new design. In fact, the new Torch brings an evolution in hardware specs in roughly the same outer ‘shell’. You may as well conclude that the Torch 2 is what the original Torch should have been, with its higher-res touchscreen, and improved hardware specs.
Of course, it remains to be seen how the man in the street will react to this new smartphone, or if owners of the current Torch will decide to upgrade or not.
Here’s a quick refresher of the rumored specs of the BlackBerry Torch 2: it will run the newly-announced BlackBerry OS 7, and it will have a 1.2 GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM, a 3.2-inch 640×480 capacitive touchscreen, 8 GB of internal storage space, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and a microSD card slot. BlackBerry OS 7 brings a much improved browser, voice search for both local and Web content, as well as BlackBerry Balance – which is a way to separate your work-related apps and tasks on the phone from your personal ones.
If you’re in doubt about the Torch 2, here’s a quick video overview of the device, again courtesy of TechnoBuffalo:
And yes, that was a video overview of a yet-unannounced handset. While it’s impossible to say with confidence when the Torch 2 will hit the streets, or how much it will cost, some common-sense deduction work pegs those at ‘this summer’, and ‘about the same amount that the Torch 2 went for when it was launched’, respectively.
We’ll keep you posted on the developments here, and with the frequency of Torch 2-related leaks we’ve seen recently, expect many more to come. Unless RIM decides to formally introduce the Torch’s successor to the world, of course.
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