Specs and details of the BlackBerry Storm 3 have leaked, suggesting that the full-touch RIM smartphone will pack a 1.2GHz processor and the highest resolution display on a BlackBerry to-date. According to BGR's source, the Storm 3 - which SlashGear has heard will actually launch as part of the Torch line - has a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA capacitive touchscreen, triband UMTS/HSPA and a 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video recording.
For those of you working on a Storm2, an update is either for you imminent or upon you! Storm2 users are able now to download OS 22.214.171.1245, an update which includes several improvements including a faster boot up time, smoother transitions between wireless coverage area, and improved audio quality on voice calls and content-protected video. Additionally, there'll be improved video playback through your headset and with protected content media files. Several enhancements are included as well.
The life and times of the BlackBerry Storm 3 are an interesting one, especially considering that the device hasn't been officially announced by Research In Motion. But, that may start to make sense now, if these new reports are accurate. According to BBLeaks, it looks like the Storm 3 is indeed alive and well, but it doesn't have the same name, and the specifications of the device may be improving. Now known as the Monaco, the device may indeed have a larger display than what BlackBerry owners are accustomed to, and it also may feature a new processor.
The BlackBerry Storm 3 hasn't been officially announced by anyone in the know quite yet, and there's a few grumblings out there that it won't ever be, but that's not stopping folks out there from releasing information about the device. This time around, we've got a pretty good list about what's involved in the specifications department, from the camera all the way down to the memory inside. And, while a few of the details line up with what we've heard in the past, there's a few curious points in there, too.
Talk of the BlackBerry Storm 3's cancellation may have been premature, according to analysts Jefferies & Co., who blame multiple SKUs of the third-generation touchscreen smartphone for the confusion. They claim RIM was working on three BlackBerry Storm 3 devices, a haptic touch model that has indeed been cancelled, a non-haptic version "with similar thickness, more memory, and [BlackBerry 6]" which is still on course for a release by the end of November, and then a Storm 3 with a "new iPhone-like form factor, but slimmer," that could run QNX.
RIM are believed to have axed their upcoming BlackBerry Storm 9570 refresh, though it's unclear whether the Canadian company has frozen the Storm product line completely or just this one device. According to BBLeaks source - who appears to be a software developer working on code for RIM - a recent missive from the company said they had "decided not to pursue this device further" and that they have "ended the program."
As anyone would expect, Research In Motion isn't working on just one phone at any given time. Despite the fact that the first image of the supposed BlackBerry Storm 3 just leaked a couple of days ago, our first image of what people are calling the BlackBerry Storm 2.5 have broken cover today. Featuring a model number 9570, this Storm model features many of the same form favor elements as its predecessor, but there's also plenty that RIM changed to make buyers interested.
Is this the BlackBerry Storm 3? With RIM's BlackBerry 6 OS the most finger-friendly platform the Canadian company has prepared to date, we'd be very surprised if they weren't also working on a third-generation version of the touchscreen smartphone. According to BerryReview's anonymous source, you're looking at the BBS3 now.
Having shaken things up nicely with a few tablet rumors, RIM are now prompting speculation regarding their plans for smaller touchscreen devices. According to Tested's unnamed source, the company are preparing their third-generation Storm smartphone for release in Q3 or Q4 2010, complete with BlackBerry OS 6 and a refreshed SurePress touchscreen system described as "perfect". That will, apparently, be followed by a Storm 4 in 2011.
The original BlackBerry Storm failed to sweep through the smartphone sector in the way RIM had hoped it would, criticized for its frustrating SurePress touchscreen technology, glitchy firmware and - most damningly - not being all that hot at messaging. With the BlackBerry Storm2 9550, RIM claim to have not only addressed all of those elements but more, and so it's with the mildest of trepidation that we've been playing with the new smartphone. Breath of fresh air or an ill wind that blows no good? Read on for the SlashGear review.