BlackBerry fans we got news for you. The device previously known as the BlackBerry Monaco / Monza / Storm 3 / Touch is now officially called the BlackBerry Torch 9850/60. The Torch 9850 is an all-touchscreen BlackBerry that feature RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 OS, and here is one of the first look at the new OS in action in the new yet-to-be-released device.
You get a good feel of how fluid the new OS is as well as the new virtual keyboard layout and its responsiveness. And we have to say, even though we’re not really into BlackBerrys, this new Torch is looking rater good. If all future BlackBerrys perform like this, then RIM might not be in so much of a trouble after all.
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BlackBerry fans, if you’re wondering when the new range of BlackBerry devices is coming to Malaysia, we got news for you — the next couple of months will be exciting.
We don’t have exact dates or pricing details at the moment but you can bet your old BlackBerry that once we get the latest, you’ll read about it first right here, so keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com
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Here’s a picture of two upcoming BlackBerrys posing side-by-side. You’re looking at the full touchscreen BlackBerry Touch 9860 and next to it you have the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810. Details for the two device are still fleeting but it looks BlackBerry fans still have a lot to look forward to before the year draws to a close.
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While the previous BlackBerry Torch didn’t really heat things up for Blackberry, the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 2 is set to deliver what the original Torch didn’t. While there’s no indication of launch, Techno Buffalo has managed to get an early hands-on.
Although the design remains the same, BlackBerry has make significant upgrades to the internals. Firstly the screen has been bumped up to display a higher 640×480 resolution and according to reviewer, it is much better than the original torch. Performance is said to be much smoother as it uses a 1.2GHz processor which should be similar to the new Bold .
This year BlackBerry is aggressively trying to match up with other smart phone platforms by giving its product line a full refresh. We’ve seen the impressive BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and the Curve replacement should be announced soon.
Early this year, we talked about the upcoming trio of next-generation BlackBerry devices promising BlackBerry 6 OS all-round and a slew of enhancements. One of the is a replacement for the BlackBerry Torch, RIM’s first smart phone that combined both a physical QWERTY keyboard and a full touch screen.
A lot was riding on the BlackBerry Torch for RIM but at the end of the day it’s underpowered processor and some lacking functionality in the BlackBerry 6 OS meant that the Torch received less than flattering reviews all round.
Enter the BlackBerry Torch 2 featuring a faster processor, improved OS and a higher resolution screen. Boy Genius Report got their hands on a working unit of the device and have this to say:
This is really what the original Torch should have been; instead of an underpowered, under-spec’d handset, the Torch 2 really offers a great experience from what we have seen so far.
It looks like the earlier specs have pretty much remained the same including a 1.2GHz processor (original Torch 624Mhz, RAM stays the same at 512MB), more on-board storage (8GB compared to 4GB previously). You also get an updated screen that’s the same size (3.2 inches) but has a higher resolution at 640×480 pixel as opposed to the current 480×360 pixel screen.
So could this be the Torch that you’ve been waiting for? Official announcement is scheduled for May at BlackBerry World and market availability around Jun/July, so it won’t be a long wait to find out.
Hit up the source link for more pictures. We’re not too keen on the bright silver colour and the checkered back plate design though. The sleek black and gun-metal grey theme of the current Torch is more classy in our opinion.
More pictures here.