We recently got a chance to spend a few minutes with the latest BlackBerry Torch 4G, and to say we were impressed would be a major understatement. We’re gonna get right to it– this is everything the first Torch should’ve been (yeah, it’s that good).
On the first Torch things were slow, it froze a ton, and the screen just looked downright pathetic next to top phones like the EVO 4G and iPhone 4. And while this new Torch isn’t necessarily better than the iPhone 4 or Infuse 4G, it’s now much closer and without a doubt in our minds the best BlackBerry available today on AT&T (well, at least until the Bold 9900 finally comes out).
It looks like Sunday is going to be a good day for AT&T BlackBerry users too. Just like Sprint, AT&T will be launching the first of their three BlackBerry 7 phones, the Torch 4G 9810, this Sunday for a very solid $49.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.
The Torch 4G is an updated and improved version of last year’s original Torch with specs like a much faster 1.2 GHZ processor with 768 MB of RAM (so there are no freezes or lags), the latest BlackBerry 7 OS, higher resolution 3.2 inch touchscreen (which looks to be a big improvement over the original Torch and should have everything you view on it looking nice and sharp), 5 megapixel back camera with 720p HD video recording (there is no front camera), 8 GB of built-in storage and support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network.
Still no word on when AT&T will release their version of the new Bold, the Bold 9900, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear something.
It’s not the Bold Touch 9900, but it finally looks like some of those once rumored new BlackBerrys are finally on their way to being released. The pic you see above is the next generation of the BlackBerry Torch, the BlackBerry Torch 4G 9810, taken from AT&T’s site.
Since AT&T or RIM (the makers of BlackBerry) haven’t officially announced this yet we’re not 100% sure on all the new improvements the Torch 4G will have over the original Torch. We do though know that it will be much faster (thanks to a much more powerful 1.2 GHZ processor), record 720p HD video with its back camera (which means that it’s at least 5 megapixels), have 8 GB of built-in storage (with support for another 32 GB through microSD), run the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS (like on the Bold Touch 9900. BlackBerry 7 features a ton of improvements like the latest BBM 6, better graphics and browser, and an improved touchscreen keyboard for when you don’t want to use that slide-out BlackBerry keyboard), and pack support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network.
No word on price or an exact release date, but with BlackBerry hosting their Fan Night event in Toronto tonight (an event which was teased to be bringing new BlackBerrys last week), let’s hope that we’ll finally find out more very soon.
More pix of the Torch 4G 9810 after the break.
Info via AT&T