BlackBerry Torch 2 Prepares for August Launch
It’s been almost a year since RIM launched a new BlackBerry, but the Torch 2 is now expected to be launched on AT&T in August.
In a smartphone world where shiny new contenders arrive every month, RIM hasn’t made a single move since November 2010. How the heck the company has been able to keep sales going for so long without device launches is beyond our imagination. That said, one report recently suggested that at least the Verizon iPhone 4 has been able to give RIM some trouble!
In the next 6-7 weeks, however, RIM plans to release no fewer than seven (!) new BlackBerry smartphones. It turns out that the reason we haven’t heard much from RIM in the last year or so, is the fact that they’ve been working on BlackBerry 7, an operating system that builds on BlackBerry 6, but that adds features such as 3D gaming with motion-sensing and augmented reality capabilities.
Engadget reports that the BlackBerry Torch 2 has now been approved by the FCC, and is expected to be released on AT&T in August. Where the original Torch failed to offer much excitement, the Torch 2 will take things to a new level by offering a 1.2GHz processor with integrated 3D gaming capabilities. It’ll also support AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, and sport a 3.2-inch VGA capacitive screen.
Of course, the Torch 2 will not be able to match the highest-end devices in AT&T’s portfolio, like the ATRIX 4G by Motorola, when it comes to specifications, but it’s worth noting that it’ll offer a 5-megapixel camera that is expected to perform well. It’ll also offer 8GB of internal memory for storage of multimedia. The BlackBerry Torch 2 will come equipped with NFC support, which for the time being is only matched by the Nexus S 4G on Sprint. Lastly, let’s not forget the slide-out QWERTY thumbboard and the fact that it’ll run BlackBerry 7!
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