Leaked BlackBerry Roundup: New Torch2, Storm3, Bold Touch

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) is known for a lot of things in the smartphone space: proven mobile security; solid hardware; top-of-the-line wireless antennas; and industry-best battery life, just to name a few.

But one thing RIM is not particularly good at: Keeping its new and upcoming BlackBerry smartphones under wraps until they're officially announced and/or unveiled. That's unfortunate for RIM, but great for CrackBerry addicts anxiously awaiting news on the next must-have BlackBerry handheld.

Here are the most recently leaked details, technical specifications, images and video on three cool new BlackBerry smartphones, all of which are expected to be released at some point in 2011: the "Torch2" 9810; "Storm3/Touch" 9860; and the "Bold Touch" 99xx.

(Note: The majority of information on these as-of-yet unannounced BlackBerry devices presumably comes directly from RIM, and should therefore be accurate. However, nothing about these smartphones is official at this point, and changes to device names, tech specs, etc., could be made before any are released. RIM is expected to officially announce at least one of these new handhelds in May at its BlackBerry World conference.)

BlackBerry "Torch2" 9810

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 was RIM's first BlackBerry handheld with both a touch-screen and full-QWERTY "physical" keyboard, and on the outside, its successor, currently being called the "BlackBerry Torch2 9810," looks very similar, except for a slight change in exterior color from shiny chrome and black to chrome and matte silver. (Read my full review of the original Torch, to see what worked for the 9800--and what didn't.)

BlackBerry Torch2 9810 (Courtesy Jeruknipis.com)

The real differences between the Torch and Torch2, codename "BlackBerry Jennings," are under the hood. Specifically, the Torch2 will run RIM's next major BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 6.1. (Read more details about BlackBerry 6.1.) It will reportedly pack a much more powerful processor than the 9800's 624MHz chip; the 9810 should employ a 1.2GHz processor, likely a Qualcomm Snapdragon, which would give this new Torch much more processing power.

The Torch2 should also feature 768MB of RAM, compared to the 9800's 512MB, and double the original Torch's built-in storage with 8GB--both devices also support microSD cards up to 32GB. The 640x480 (VGA) display on the Torch 2 is a higher resolution than the Torch 9800's 360x480 (half VGA) screen. In addition, the Torch2 will pack an accelerometer, magnetometer and proximity sensor.

Both Torches should use the same roughly-1300 mAh "F-S1" power pack, so Torch2 battery life should be similar or better than 9800 battery life. And the Torch2 9810 should also support Near Field Communications (NFC) for mobile payments and more.

Check out more BlackBerry Torch 2 9810 technical specifications.

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