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BlackBerry Torch 2 gets generous bump up in specs, runs BlackBerry 7 OS

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BlackBerry Torch 2 gets generous bump up in specs, runs BlackBerry 7 OS
The original BlackBerry Torch was produced as an attempt by RIM to bring a device to market that it thought could compete with the Apple iPhone and Android models. And while the form factor was something different for RIM, it combined an area that the Canadian based company does well (physical QWERTY keyboards) with another area where the company has fallen way behind other manufacturers (touchscreen phones). While the original Torch might have worked, the specs were just not up to snuff.

Looking at the BlackBerry Torch 2, it would seem that RIM listened to the complaints from owners of the original model. Mainly, the specs have been bumped up rather sharply in many cases. The 1.2GHz processor is a big jump from the 624MHz aboard the original unit. One area where critics had a field day was with the original Torch's 360 x 480 resolution on its display. That has been raised to 480 x 640, not qHD or Retina Display material, but enough to produce a sharp, vivid image for users. RAM is increased to 768MB while internal storage is doubled to 8GB with up to 32GB more available via a microSD card. While the camera is the same 5MP as seen on the first-gen model, video can now be captured at HD 720p. The browser still defaults to WAP sites, but will now play HTML5 formatted videos. The BlackBerry Torch 2 has the new 7 OS under the hood.

RIM has yet to introduce the BlackBerry Torch 2 which means right now, it is a figment of our imagination. Speculation centers around a September release for AT&T, and this appears to be a case where the sequel is a major improvement over the original.

source: Engadget

BlackBerry Torch 2 gets generous bump up in specs, runs BlackBerry 7 OS
BlackBerry Torch 2 gets generous bump up in specs, runs BlackBerry 7 OS
BlackBerry Torch 2 gets generous bump up in specs, runs BlackBerry 7 OS

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posted on 03 Jun 2011, 23:05 7

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And Blackberry continues to fall behind...

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 21:12

23. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

RIM please do your shareholders a favor, put yourself up for sale, before you're totally worthless, for most consumers looks like you've been launching the same devices time after time, stop embarrassing your followers, their faith in you is gonna run out, ir you keep in the same path, you'll be the next Palm, swallowed by a smarter company.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:19

25. biglebronski (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

I'm an Android guy myself, but it seems that Blackberry is getting by on these retreads because longtime BB users love them. The majority of business men and women still prefer Blackberry and still like the devices that RIM is manufacturing. RIM has been losing market share for a couple of years. But losing market share is not the same as losing customers. Just because 13 and 14 year olds are able to badger their parents into getting them smartphones, thus increasing market size and decreasing market share for RIM, doesn't mean Blackberry is dying.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 23:31 10

2. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)

I was thinking about getting a Samsung Galaxy SII ,but now that the Torch 2 is coming out...I'm definitley getting a Samsung Galaxy SII...lol

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 15:46

14. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

that post just made my day!

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 23:41 2

3. osanilevich (Posts: 286; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

Good specs but STILL not good enough. One plus side to all this (or maybe not for BB) is that they're the only company that doesn't leak blurry photos of unreleased models. So far we all got a pretty good idea as to what each of their new devices will look like unlike the -6MP photos used for the targa and the unnamed cybershot model (the most exciting one out of the 3 IMO)

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 00:23

4. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

This really needs to be released on every carrier.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 00:52 2

5. Christian (unregistered)

I had the blackberry torch 1, but it was so slow, i took it back, i really with that i could get the torch 2, i love the design, and look of it. i had the white one, and everyone would compliment on how nice it looks, now i have samsung focus, no nice comments -.-. But this fixes all my complaints about that phone. oh yeah, the battery life was amazing, i miss that :\

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 02:22 1

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Yeah, screen resolution. That was the problem!

RIM needs to either sell the company or go crawl off into the woods to die peacefully. Because its obvious they're still not listening. More apps, better apps, free apps, a faster browser, a clickable screen w/ the option to turn it off, a little more customization wouldn't hurt either! No wonder their investors are suing them.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 04:50 3

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I have said it before and I will say it again - RIM should cut a partnership deal with HP. Let HP do the hardware and RIM can focus on software. They seem to be perpetually about 12 months behind the curve. The Torch 2 should have been released last year. Now, a Torch 3 (dual core 1.2 Ghz, GPU from the PlayBook, 1or 2 Gb RAM, 4 inch qHD resolution sliding screen, 32Gb storage) needs to be released to just stay in the game.

Magic 8 Ball saysvRIM continues to loose market share.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 21:29

26. biglebronski (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

Does losing market share = losing customers?

With the smartphone market expanding so quickly, you can easily gain customers while losing market share. The only platform to gain market share over the past year is Android, and that's because they are still the newest OS, they appeal to teens (who are largely responsible for the increase in market size), and they have price points starting at $0.00 on tons of devices.

Blackberry is still working to please professionals, not kids.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 04:53

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Ooops... Typo. Should have read ...Ball says RIM continues... PA should make the posts editable for 15 minutes after making the post....

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 06:40

9. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

Another "Blackberry" phone.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 06:57 1

10. Oh well (unregistered)

Sorry RIM, but it's a little too late to gain marketshare now. Everybody in my town is trading in their Blackberries for iPhones, Droids, and even Windows Phone!

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 07:08

11. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

they can make it as nice as they want but until they start fostering and caring for their app ecosystem people are just going to go to other devices. Its nice that they are finally listening to people on hardware.. somewhat.. but they need to spur app growth and they need to launch QNX for phones if they want a chance at staying in the playin field.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 13:25

12. LionStone (Posts: 844; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

There was a survey that bb recently emailed me...very in depth, took about 30 minutes. I took the time to do it with the hopes of improving their game, hence keeping competition alive. But I don't know if its too late? They wanted to know things like: Type of device before the bb, what device I replaced my bb with...what were the reasons I gave up the bb...on an on. So with this survey and I think with their FB page...they should get a pretty good idea of what to do and why they are losing out. Goodluck bb...

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 14:48 1

13. Azurus (unregistered)

why is everyone treating RIM as if it was meant for the teenagers , music , videos etc
well let me tell u something .... they were made for business men in the first place so dont expect some bloody angry birds jumping on RIM's phones and other apps like in nokia phones and iphones
i say business men will really like it cuz it suits them very well

Notice : ive noticed from past comments that no one mentioned nokia phones .. here is another thing symbian^3 phones WILL rule sooon i assure everybody

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 15:50

15. sitar696 (unregistered)

Administrations are replacing RIM/Blackberry by Iphone/Android. Even business users are replacing Blackberry by Iphone/Android.
It is much too late for RIM. The end is approaching.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 17:54 1

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Azurus. You have a very valid point about Blackberry being a smartphone for businessmen. But businessmen like to have a little fun too, and like sitar696 said, that's why even business professionals are replacing their blackberries with iOS and Android. Not to mention their companies are saving money by switching as well. No more BES servers to keep up with and no service packs to pay for. If RIM keeps thinking one dimensional (that they will always have the business community) and keeps putting out the same old devices we've seen for the last four years, they will go the way of Palm.

And I don't know if you saw that article from a few weeks back, but Nokia has basically given up on Symbian. 2016 is it!

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 23:23

18. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I intend to give the Torch and the full touch device that Blackberry is coming out with every chance to win my business back. I am hoping they blow me away. But as I look out at the landscape of what is out there- it is hard to reason out a BB device. Where is the fire? Where is the imagination? When my Curve had to be retired, I grabbed a WebOS Palm Pre Plus- and was wowed with the enjoyment of the OS. THIS is what RIM fails at- the pride in coming in ahead of the competition, the aggressive desire to be different AND better. Blackberry is trying not to lose place- not so much get ahead. The security, quality, and messaging is still top shelf. But nothing else screams "BUY ME!!" when it sits next to the iPhone, or droid and windows offerings from HTC, LG or Samsung. I know this time next year they SHOULD be releasing QNX devices and may really bounce back. Just wish I saw that burning desire to be the best from them now, when the barbarians are sitting at their gates, sharpening the swords.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 23:53

19. ok then (unregistered)

ok so i think blackberry should just start from scratch with a new OS. They should take what lacks in the IPHONE and ANDROID department and add it to their OS. Just think of a 4.3 inch screen, with a blackberry keyboard that slides from the side, 10 mp camera, and a new OS. It would definitely keep up.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 02:08

20. andriodlover:) (unregistered)

No App, No Spec, U kno its a BlackBerry:)

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 21:42

27. The BlueBerry Lover (unregistered)

It reminds me of my Samsung i730 bcak in 2004-2005. Is Blackberry trunning blue now?

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