BlackBerry Torch 2 pics and specs leaked

14th Jan 2011 | 10:39

BlackBerry Torch 2 pics and specs leaked

1.2GHz of processing power

TechRadar rating:

3 stars

For a phone that's supposed to be the poster child of the new BlackBerry 6 OS, we hoped for a lot more. If you're a BlackBerry stalwart then you might find some joy here, but otherwise the Torch is unlikely to convert many of the Android and iPhone brigade.


Smooth touchscreen control; Great camera with scene selectors; Slide-out keyboard is a good compromise; Bright and crisp 3.2-inch screen; Good enterprise asset-tracking options;


Too slow for serious smartphone use; Keyboard is too small; App selection too practical; Not great for media; A bit on the bulky side;

Yet another RIM leak has unearthed the BlackBerry Torch 2, successor to the original QWERTY-slider-wielding touchscreen Torch.

After the BlackBerry Dakota and BlackBerry Curve Apollo leaked onto the internet yesterday, we're beginning to suspect that RIM may have a mole.

It's looking very familiar to its predecessor on the surface, but that slider form-factor is hiding a 1.2GHz processor – that's double the power of the original BlackBerry Torch.

All the –ometers are present and correct

It's still single-core, of course. RIM is in no hurry to shove dual-core processors into its BlackBerry smartphones just yet.

Along with the new CPU, there's 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 and BlackBerry OS6.1.

Gamers will be glad to hear of the inclusion of an accelerometer, while orienteering types will appreciate the magnetometer for its compass-like abilities.

Don't hold your breath though; BGR, which obtained the leak, says the BlackBerry Torch 2 is looking at a late Q3 release for the US. The UK release date is likely to be around the same time if not later in the year.

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