Don't miss this video of a new storm-BlackBerry Storm 3, that is
While the timing was bad for the BlackBerry Storm 2, perhaps things are better now for a launch of the Storm 3. A video has been leaked which shows the upcoming third version of the BlackBerry Storm. Right away, you can see some changes to the hardware. An optical trackpad is on the device to help make navigation easier. And yes, it looks like RIM has pulled the plug on SurePress which eliminates the clicking QWERTY keyboard. Some Storm owners swore by SurePress while others swore at it.
The new BlackBerry Storm 3 is expected to have a powerful 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor under the hood. Not dual-core to be sure, but still enough of a major difference that those previous Storm owners will be able to notice the additional power. The new Storm gets a bump up in display size to 3.7 inches from 3.2 inches, and resolution goes from 360 x 480 to 480 x 800. Only one camera will be on the BlackBerry Storm 3 and it is a rear facing 5MP shooter with a video capture rate of 720p. The BlackBerry Storm had a 3.2MP camera.
RIM has really increased storage on the device with 4GB storage and 768MB of RAM under the hood, compared with 1GB storage and a paltry 128MB of RAM on the original Storm. Up to 32GB can be added to the newest version of the phone using a microSD card. The BlackBerry Storm 3 also will apparently support NFC wireless technology and will have the latest build of BlackBerry 6 OS on board. This includes the WebKit browser with tabbed browsing and pinch to zoom.
Despite the positive changes and improvements, things won't be easy for the Storm 3. The device still has a huge challenge in front of it with the dual-core Android models on the verge of getting released, and any touchscreen model offered by Verizon has to contend with the Apple iPhone 4. So far, we have no information on a possible date of release and there has been no word on a pricing scenario.
1. milk (unregistered)
3. milk (unregistered)
Your telling me this isnt lackluster?
18. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Nope. BB is more for people who dont have to have every gimmick.(front facing camers etc) This are very usable phones that have great battery life and dont hog data when not in use. Excellent.
23. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Have you actually ever used a Blackberry Storm? I guess a stable OS, fluid transitions, and larger app stores are also gimmicks...
4. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Looks like RIM is finally getting it and they're stepping up their game to compete with the other powerhouse phones. But is it too late as people have already written off the Storm line of phones as a joke?
20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
yes.. it is to late... now both the torch and storm are dead upon arrival
5. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Blackberries are grandpa smartphones. Android and iPhone are the stars on the wireless red carpet.
6. LionStone (Posts: 407; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Another crappy video...yet the device looks like it may at least hold on to some of the hard core BB users...
11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5153; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
At this point, all RIM can do is try to hold onto their existing customer base. But refreshing their entire line strikes me as counter-productive. Pare down the offering to 3 or 4 basic themes (1 candybar - Bold, 1 Torch/Storm, 1 clamshell - Style and 1 other) with high end specs (processor, memory and video) and have all the phones work on both GSM and CDMA. Then put the money saved on all of the other variants into applications and the PlayBook. Create compelling reasons for customers to stay with BlackBerry. As even Steve learned - it is all about the software, stupid.
7. 21 (unregistered)
L A G G Y..
8. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Even tho iPhone is chipping away at Blackberry as a alternative device that is just as secure for business needs Android is far from this goal. Among the business Blackberry still has a big presence and this may be what those end users are looking for. i still see a lot of business customers carrying the original Storm. Blackberry is a trusted OS with many companies. Dont think they are going anywhere any time soon & with the Playbook coming which will be the first tablet that has full corporate capabilities this will keep them relevant.
10. Goldeneye (Posts: 344; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Great device finally RIM! Oh wait It's 2011 already, thought it was 2009, lol
12. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
is it going to be lte? my computer here at work doesnt play the video and it doesnt say in the article so im geussing no...
13. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
there is no talking on the video what so ever. you can hear some background noise but thats all. it really doesnt look to be an LTE devise however.
22. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
without a front facing cam, I'm sure it will not be LTE. Verizon wants people using video chat on the network: its a data hog. Verizon is trying to build up the "value" of LTE capabilities so people will pay for higher data tiers.
15. Whateverman (Posts: 3150; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Rim, you get an F- on this one. Nice job on the specs, but the OS is still the same old boring OS from 2007, just that you can slide left or right now. Still no widgets and still no decent apps. And on top of all that, you omit the clickable screen? Yeah, there were some that thought pushing a screen was to hard and made their little fingers get tired! Just give them the option deactivate it! But for those of us who loved the clickable screen, there is no reason to go back to a Storm at all.
16. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Not a huge RIM following here on this site, so I am not surprised the reception is, well, politely put, lackluster. Nothing RIM puts out, especially the Storm, is a high end device and if they don't score with this one, what keeps a blackberry all touch device in competition even with mid - range droids?
17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I'm sorry but if you are going to be one of the first to record a new phone you should have a decent camera or at least someone ele hold it for you so you can actually show the phone.
Anyway I'm sorry but this is already outdated completely. This is what the storm 2 should have. A 3.7 inch screen is considered t be small esp with all the 4+ inch screens coming out from everyone else, hell even LG hs 4 inch screen phones now. 1ghz is not bad at all but again everyone else is coming out with dual core or 1.2ghz processors. And its also nice to see they have gone up to 400\800 screen res BUT AGAIN others have higher res now or at least samsung has super amoled plus.
This phone is a nice improvement but it should have came out way sooner it'll be completely outdated before it even comes out.
21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
I believe it said this was 1.2--No support for bb, just saying.. and I dont think the res is THAT bad... if they make this a free-100 dollar phone i cud see people buying it
19. MorePhonesThanNeeded (unregistered)
Seems like RIM loves being behind the curve, you can't surf a wave from behind it fools. Who is the head of research at RIM, do these guys do any kind of field testing to find out what it actually in the hands of the public. These specs look close to the Droid 2 Global, same size screen almost the same RAM, same shooter...looks like something that came out last year. What is wrong at RIM? 3.7" screen isn't small by any means, slightly larger than Iphone and no one is pissing and moaning about that. Thing is RIM wastes time waiting around, and this is why Android is running amok and why people are gravitating to their phones. RIM wants to come with a 1.2Ghz Phone in a couple of months from now, this thing better be dual core else it's a bit late to the party. Everyone else is upgrading to dual core and HSPDA+ and LTE, this phone needs to have LTE radio and or HSPDA+ to make any kind of sense.
Right now Android is starting to come together, it's beginning to gain serious security so RIM won't be able to fallback on their business world connections as much anymore. Fact, RIM is a canadian company, funny that less than 3% of canadian cell users actually have any RIM phones. iPhone is also eating away at RIM business customers, so they are being attacked on either side by juggernauts. Come on RIM get creative, and stop making 10 different versions of the same damn phone.
24. ku6 (unregistered)
i like how bb and nokia uses the unique display resolution, 360x480 and 360x640 respectively
25. foster777 (unregistered)
For all of you apple and android fan boys.. Hold up for one moment and take another look at BB. They acquired the QNX os which is a very small and powerful deal... The new Blackberry Playbook will be sporting this very fast OS along with a host of other goodies for business and play. It has been leaked that Android market will be available on this tablet as well.
Yeah storm may be old news but wait till you see the new BB line up with QNX os that will pair nicely to the playbook tablet. I've had a couple Android phones, I almost pulled the trigger on the Xoom the other day, glad I didn't. The Blackberry is back folks.
26. fASH (unregistered)
Wow! As a Storm2 user, i can't wait to get the Storm3. Found out that where i bought my Storm2 already listed this and are keeping close tabs on new updates as regards the eventual announcement of the phone. check this out on the link below, i'm a little bit confused about the name though
27. infibnlck (unregistered)
Nice coming to Verizon huh?