Sneak-Peek: BlackBerry Torch 2

Its a lazy Saturday today and, while you already have the WWDC 2011 to look forward to and Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant to discuss with your dear ones, peeking at a new BlackBerry device will surely spruce up your weekend. The folks at Engadget were lucky enough to get their hands on a yet-to-be-announced Torch 2 device from RIM and judging by the hands-on time they’ve had, it sure seems to be a refreshing update from the original Torch and sets the standards straight for BB lovers.

The Torch 2 is pretty much the same as its predecessor appearance-wise, but sees major spec upgrades in almost every aspect of the phone. The processor is up to 1.2GHz from the 624MHz of the original, with the RAM also upgraded to 768MB. Internal memory has increased to a handsome 8GB, with another 32GB still addable through a MicroSD. There’s also a new addition of magnometer — something that is sure to please the developer in you. In the inherited list are features like 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, proximity and ambient light sensors.

The successor to Torch also sees an improvement in the original’s mediocre 480 x 360 screen resolution to a significant 640 x 480 pixels — something which is a norm now with the latest smartphones seen in the market. There’s also a remarkable improvement in richness of colors and touch sensitivity of this BB device that’ll leave you a happy user of the Torch 2. Take this from Engadget: “We’re also a lot more satisfied with touch sensitivity on this display; pressure needed to swipe or interact seems much more natural, and it’s almost on par with sensitivity of the iPhone 4.” Compared to the iPhone 4? Wow!

The Torch 2 has the same 5 megapixel camera as the original Torch, but runs the latest OS out of Waterloo — BlackBerry 7. For a full review of the Torch 2, please visit Engadget.

P.S. Please note that the device reviewed and discussed is just a pre-release prototype device, so everything is subject to change.

Below is a video for your viewing pleasure. Please make sure to visit the source (Engadget) link for an in-depth review of the Torch 2 + full gallery + more video. Enjoy!