Side-by-side, it’s terribly difficult to distinguish the original BlackBerry Torch from it’s younger, newer “brother”, the BlackBerry Torch 2.
The minor visibly difference is the device’s matte gun-metal finish and checked silver back cover. Another minor detail is the marking beside the camera lens. The 5 MP autofocus capability is inscribed on to the back of the device. What is not mentioned is the new ability to shoot 720p HD video with continuous autofocus and image stabilization features.
The display of the Torch 2 is far more dynamic and the colors are much more rich. Resolution is bumped now to 640×480, in line with modern standards. Even the touch sensitivity, which is a major gripe with many Torch users, is reportedly much more enjoyable to use. This very well may be attributed to the Liquid Graphics technology that RIM is using for the UI.
RIM prefers to call it’s latest software Blackberry OS 7…despite there being no notable UI changes.
The keyboard unchanged. No complaints from us on this, however.
The interior is where the biggest changes lie. The processor speed has almost doubled, going from 624 MHz in Torch to 1.2 GHz in Torch 2. RAM is upgraded to 768 MB from the earlier 512 MB. The specifications on the Torch 2 reek of high-performance.
The BlackBerry Torch 2, set for release this summer, is definitely a solid improvement from the previous. RIM seems to have gotten everything right (from the technical specifications to the UX (User Experience)). Our preview-review, however, is based only on a preview unit provided by Negri to Engadget.
This could very well be Blackberry’s trump card to re-capture a chunk of the enterprise market.