Just how many pre-production BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 handsets are there out there, waiting to be previewed ahead of the touchscreen handset's release? We don't know the answer to that, but phoneArena obviously have one since they've just pushed out a preview of their own. In it, they praise the Storm 2 for its much improved keyboard, but scold it for its dodgy stability, poor camera performance and "gimmicky" SurePress.
One of the most eagerly anticipated elements of the upcoming BlackBerry Storm 2 is its new touchscreen, which is promised to address the disappointing display of its predecessor. Details of the new panel have now been revealed, courtesy of a freshly-unearthed YouTube video; it apparently uses a piezo-electronic layer that can recognize touch-pressure at multiple simultaneous points rather than the single, central hardware button of the first-gen Storm.
The benefit is not just multiple points of touch recognition with the same tactile response as the first-gen Storm, but that it reacts quicker because the piezo system is electronic rather than physical. There are also no dead-spots - such as the corners on the Storm, which were always tougher to press - and the display physically locks itself hard when shut-off and then softens when turned on.
After a few good leaks of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry Storm 2 for Verizon, it's the turn of Vodafone's GSM version to appear in the wild. Spotted by the gang at Benezblog.de, the Vodafone Germany smartphone has that all-important WiFi connectivity in place, just as we've heard the Verizon model will.
According to the Boy Genius Report, RIM's BlackBerry Storm 2 - the touchscreen follow-up to the original Storm launched back in November - will indeed include WiFi b/g along with EVDO Rev.A and 2100MHz UMTS (for roaming). Known as the BlackBerry 9550, it will also be joined by the 9520, a version of the Storm 2 for GSM carriers AT&T and Rogers Wireless.
RIM's BlackBerry Storm 2 may not have been confirmed by the company themselves yet, but that hasn't stopped the handset showing up in the wild more than once. Now Engadget have had an opportunity to spend more than a few flighty seconds with the touchscreen follow-up; turns out, RIM have listened to criticism and dumped SurePress, replacing it with a more standard capacitive touchscreen.
Another day, another phone roundup, so let's dive right into it, shall we? First up, is the latest in the land of the iPhone. It seems a new rumor is floating around about an iPhone with a unibody and one with nano-like color options, which we're pretty excited about if it turns out to be true at WWDC09 this year.
We heard last week from a reliable source that we would be seeing a new Blackberry Storm soon, aptly named the Storm 2. It appears our source was nearly 100% correct. RIM's Alain Segond von Banchet, Channel Sales manager in the Netherlands has confirmed the release of the Storm 2. It will be due out in 2009, and for Europe, late '09 or early 2010.
According to a source very close to the issue, Verizon has given the go for RIM to release the BlackBerry Storm 2 in September of this year. The followup to the groundbreaking Storm that was released last year as the first touchscreen Blackberry, SlashGear has been told that the new Storm 2 addresses one of the biggest criticisms of the first smartphone and of Verizon devices in general, in that it will support WiFi.
Somehow putting up with the BlackBerry Storm's touchscreen foibles and periodic leaked firmware seems a whole lot more manageable when you've only paid $99.99 for it upfront. Amazon US currently have RIM's first touchscreen smartphone listed for just $99.99, with no pesky rebate involved.