Research In Motion (RIM) claims that their best BlackBerry to date has been the BlackBerry Torch, although that could be subject to interpretation. RIM might want to alter that perception among users by introducing a spanking new BlackBerry Torch 2 which is a QWERTY horizontal slider. What you see on the right is an exclusive photo of the BlackBerry Torch 2, and most people will be pleasantly surprised to know that the computer firepower of the Torch 2 has doubled in conjunction with its namesake, chugging along at 1.2GHz now alongside hardware acceleration. Supporting quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE with tri-band HSPA, the 3.2″ capacitive display maxes out at VGA resolution. Inside, you will also find 8GB of internal memory, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, GPS support, NFC (Near Field Communications), a 5-megapixel camera with flash, a magnetometer and accelerometer, a proximity sensor and BlackBerry OS 6.1. Hopefully the 1,300 mAh battery is capable of lasting the distance (as in more than one day of intensive use), all packaged into a design which is 14.6mm slim. While it does look like the original Torch, we’re guessing all the work went into changing the innards instead of concentrating on the outside finish. Expect AT&T to release the BlackBerry Torch 2 sometime this Q3 – it might be too late to the game though, and we will surely see PlayBook bridging support with this puppy.

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