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.