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.
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.
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."
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.
With at least one more announcement to go until June can officially end, tonight's edition of The Daily Slash may seem like it's a bit weighted. But, we assure you that, just like any other edition, it'll be worth it. First up, as usual, is the Best of R3 Media. Tucked away inside of it, you'll find that the Dell Streak's available in the UK unlocked, a new domain may make you blush, and now we've got some rumors of the BlackBerry Storm 3. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Windows 8 breaks cover kind of, the PSP-4000 and 3DS could be sold in Japan this year, and NASA loves their concept images.