BlackBerry Storm 3 vs Torch 9800: Specs Compared

By Jamie Pert - Aug 13, 2010

With the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 available from AT&T many BlackBerry fans are probably tempted to upgrade to RIM’s latest creation, however others may wonder if it is worth waiting for the Storm 3 instead.

Sadly we have no confirmed specifications for the Storm 3, however recently leaked information showed up Engadget, which seemed to hint at what we can expect from RIM’s next touch only smartphone.

Lets start with the obvious difference, the Torch has a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard whereas the Storm 3 relies on a virtual QWERTY keyboard, incidentally the Torch features a virtual keyboard as well as a physical one.

Software wise they both run BlackBerry OS 6.0, obviously both operating systems will be customized to suit the particular device it is installed on, however feature wise they should be very similar. Both devices will also feature RIM’s new Webkit native web browser, which is said to be a great improvement on previous versions.

Spec wise they are pretty similar, they both feature 802.11n WiFi, 512MB RAM, 5 megapixel camera and support for a 32GB memory card (we presume microSD). There are two main advantages that the Storm 3 will have over the Torch 9800, firstly it will be a World Edition smartphone, secondly it feature 3G mobile hotspot functionality.

Physically the Storm 3 will probably be thinner and lighter than the Torch (due to the slide-out keyboard), we have no dimensions for the Storm 3 yet, however we know that the Torch 9800 weighs 5.68oz (161.1g) and measures in at 111mm (148mm when open) x 62mm x 14.6mm, therefore expect numbers lower than these.

It is hard to go into more detail at the moment, therefore as more Storm 3 specs come in we will keep you posted, what do you think you will choose the Storm 3 or Torch 9800?

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