BlackBerry Torch 2 9810 gets updated virtual keyboard courtesy of new OS

BlackBerry Torch 2 9810 gets updated virtual keyboard courtesy of new OS
According to pictures from the Crackberry forum, the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810 is getting an updated virtual QWERTY keyboard courtesy of the new BlackBerry 7 OS. Looking somewhat like the virtual QWERTY on the BlackBerry PlayBook, the new Torch 2 keyboard offers less elongated and more boxy keys which means that they are wider and have more room between letters.

Other changes include moving the shift key and putting it on both sides of the QWERTY, and eliminating the instant internet key while replacing it with a dedicated question mark key. A dedicated comma button replaces the period key which has been moved. This new layout is not only expected for the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810, but most likely for the Torch 2 9850/60 as well.

Chalk it up as another part of the effort by RIM to bolster the BlackBerry Torch by making the sequel more competitive to the Apple iPhone and Android handsets. Besides the new virtual QWERTY, most of the specs of the device have been improved as we reported. Will this all be enough to make the Torch 2 a desirable smartphone?

source: Crackberry

The QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 (L) and the alleged new one for the Torch 2 9810 (R)

The QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 (L) and the alleged new one for the Torch 2 9810 (R)



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4 Comments

1. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

More patent payouts for ios or no blackberry sales in the us?

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I don't think they could pattent a keyboard layout... also apple only sues successful products so this one may take a while ....

2. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I smell a lawsuit coming on :)

5. BBchain unregistered

Any insight on improved battery life? My current Torch can not last a full day.

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