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How long will the “Blackberry Torch” burn?

by on August 4, 2010

So as most of you know by now, RIM & ATT held their press conference yesterday, detailing all about their newest creation, the Blackberry Torch (9800).  My first thoughts without holding the device or even seeing in person are, “Meh, could be good, but could go really bad RIM.”  On first glance, this looks like an amazing device for RIM but upon further inspection of the specs there isn’t really much that has changed from the Bold 9650. 

The Torch is almost exactly the same as the Bold, yes there are a few features that set the phone apart and we will get into that later but, spec-spec the phones are almost identical.

The biggest differences that you will see with the Torch 9800 are a capacitive touch screen with on-screen SureType/QWERTY/Multi-tap keyboards, a 5 MP camera on the back, H.264 video playback support, a slightly larger screen, more on board memory and Wireless-N support.

While that seems like a large list of differences, let’s take a look at what is the same on the two phones.  Both phones will have the EXACT same pixel density, when the 9800 is closed the phones are about the same size though the 9800 weighs more.  Each phone carries 512MB ram, with very similar battery life and the EXACT same processor in each.  Both phones will also get the newest iteration of the Blackberry OS, OS6, which was also unveiled yesterday.

So, while there might be more flair with the new Torch 9800, when it comes to the nuts and bolts of the phones they are essentially the same thing.  This really isn’t all that much of an upgrade when it comes to the top phones that RIM has the market right now.  Besides, do you really want to try another touch-screen device by RIM?


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