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BlackBerry Torch 2 doubles processor speed of predecessor

The original BlackBerry Torch represented an interesting form factor for the folks at Research in Motion. You get a touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, as well as the optical trackpad. Still, it left consumers wanting more and that’s where the newly announced BlackBerry Torch 2 is supposed to come into the picture.

The outward appearance of the Torch successor is much like the phone before it. You still get that big HVGA touchscreen and the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but the processor speed has been effectively doubled from the original 600MHz to a much peppier 1.2GHz unit. They’ve also bumped the system to BlackBerry OS 6.1.

The first push of BlackBerry OS 6 was a pretty big deal, as it really did make the BlackBerry more user-friendly than OS 5.x, and OS 6.1 continues on that. We’re told it’ll feature OpenGL ES support, new APIs for new features, and several geo-location focused upgrades. Other specs include the magnetometer, 5MP cam, 512MB RAM, and 8GB of internal memory.

In some ways, you could say that the BlackBerry Torch 2 is an incremental improvement over the phone that came before it, not unlike the relationship between the Bold 9870 and the Bold 9700. The faster processor should make the experience a little quicker though.

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  • Greg

    Looks promising! I had actually thought how perfect a VERTICLE slider Keyboard with a full touchscreen phone would be for me, even before I knew the Torch existed. I do not like the slide out to the side keyboards and defineately do not like touch screen-only phones. The torch was the answer to my dreams….almost. It is the perfect design, I would just like to see a screen that actually fills the front housing from side to side and all the way to the top as well as down to the optical pad area. Also a higher quality screen that is on par with the I-phone and other high quality screened phones. The Magnetometer, accelerometer and faster CPU are definately things I like to see as well as they encourage some good apps to be developed for the phone. Lets just hope that a phone like this hits VZW before next fall when my contract is up and my Bold 9650 will be replaced with something else. Otherwise my money will be going to another Phone Developer which I would rather not do.