BlackBerry Torch: The Palm Pre-berry?

August 3, 2010: 3:09 PM ET

The BlackBerry Torch is an evolution of the Blackberry in a revolutionary smartphone era.

BlackBerry today is entering the most ferocious smartphone market its seen since it first hooked up with AT&T in the 1990's.  Apple has released its most popular iPhone ever, which even seems to be making some headway in the enterprise.  Android is blowing up all over the place in a huge way, with impressively specced devices popping up on every US mobile network.  Android 2.2 has plenty of features that will convince businesses to deploy.

Today BlackBerry, the (until yesterday?) biggest US smartphone vendor, releases what from a hardware standpoint is last year's Palm Pre with BlackBerry labeling:

Separated at birth? Palm Pre 2009 on the left, BlackBerry Torch on right

Same 3.2-inch screen size with ~QVGA, same slide out keyboard (OK the BlackBerry keyboard is better) and the same sub-1GHz ARM Cortex processor running the show.  It turns out the Pre was ahead of its time?


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