RIM has been a little quiet about their BlackBerry Torch 2, but it now seems that we are nearing its release date. The reason we say this is because the device has been spotted on the FCC website, along with a profile image. We still do not have all the details, but we can see the basic shape and size looks very similar to the current version.
RIM is now gearing up for the busy part of the year, as the BlackBerry Bold 9900 was also spotted on the FCC. This is all part of their big push for 2011, as they have a host of new devices coming in the latter part of the year, as well as the beginning of 2012. You cannot help but wonder why RIM has been off the radar, maybe they have just been letting some of the big launches from rivals to get out of the way first?
This does make sense, as the Canadian phone maker has had a hard time of late, and the release of the original Torch did not have the expected outcome. Sales were lower than anticipated, which is a direct result of Android and iOS dominance. We hope that RIM is able to bounce back from this, as they have been unable to produce a decent handset in some time.
That is a little unfair, as they do have some great handsets, but the real money is with the consumer, which is an area that they still struggle with. The original Torch promised so much, and while it looked great it was lacking in the hardware department. Thankfully its successor looks set to remedy that.
We expect the Torch 2 to come with a 1.2GHz processor; this only looks to be a single-core, which could pose a problem. How is RIM expected to compete with their rivals when they offer sub-standard hardware? Other features include 768MB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage. However, we are happy with the inclusion of NFC, which is a feature that not even the iPhone 5 will have.
As yet we have no official release date, but Wireless Goodness expect it to be sometime in August, which sounds about right to us. Again, we have no idea on the price, but we do expect AT&T and RIM to announce something shortly. Do you think that RIM should just stick to want they know best, as they clearly have an issue with making a consumer friendly handset?