Leak suggests impressive specs are in tow with the BlackBerry Storm 3
Last time we heard, the BlackBerry Storm 3 was speculated to be given the codename “Monaco” and that it was potentially going to be the first 4G smartphone from RIM's camp. However, we're treated to the first images showing off the third generation BlackBerry Storm model – but the impressive part of it is that the handset is sporting some high-end specs.
After finding out that the BlackBerry Storm 3 will be flaunting the highest resolution found on any Berry device thus far, with its 3.7” WVGA (480 x 800) capacitive touchscreen, it finally competes on the same level of other top notched smartphones on the market. Moreover, the inclusion of a 1.2GHz processor will undoubtedly make it an alluring phone amongst RIM's lineup.
Aside from those two major pointers, we also find it featuring things like a 5-megapixel camera, 720p video recoding, quad-band GSM, tri-band UMTS, 512MB of RAM, optical trackpad, 8GB eMMC memory, microSD card slot, magnetometer, 1,230 mAh battery, 3G mobile hotspot functionality, 2.4GHz b/g/n & 5GHz a/n Wi-Fi with UMA, accelerometer, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, proximity sensor, and will run BlackBerry OS 6.1
All around, it's shaping to be a contemporary offering that should finally catapult it to the top of the ladder against the competition. Still, it's going to be some time before consumers get a chance on picking up the handset since it's speculated to launch some time in September. Furthermore, other parts of the world will be glad knowing that two or three versions of the smartphone will be launched globally as well.
1. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
i think if black berry wants to compete with the rest they need to launch thes devices earlier. these specs are on phones that were released a year befor this is supoised to be released.I think windows phone 7 has a better chanc to slow the momentum of android and compete with the iphone than palm or blacberry. but i guess only yime will tell. I am sure by then the specs for phones are going to include pretty impressive numbers. The better duelcore chips will be in phones along with better memmory and graphics chips. I think this is going to be a huge year for phones and tablets and i am not real convinced blackberry is going to gain any more market share than now. Mostlikley lose market share.
3. misteranderson (unregistered)
Do you proof read at all? Overall, I do agree with what you're saying though. BlackBerry needs to get a better timeline put together for their phone releases. They always seem to be a couple steps behind everyone else, as of recent anyways.
2. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
it says it has uma doesnt t-mobile have that? Not verizon?
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5286; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
This is the Storm 3? The phone that failed in both incarnations on VZW? What makes RIM/BB think it will all of a sudden succeed in the third iteration? VZW has phones (iPhone 4 and Droid Bionic immediately come to mind; if I do some thinking, I could name others) that are light-years ahead of BB - even the Storm 3 as presently specified.
5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
RIM might come out of the bag a little for us by the end of the year if these recent leaks all come into reality in succession of each other. i don't expect anything major but they could be moving in the right direction.
6. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)
idk why people talk so much smack about the blackberry phones. its your right and say what you want, but why does every company have to be in it to win it? as long as they provide a device that is not out of date compared to the industry as a whole, and not compared to the latest android phones, then theyre doing nothing wrong. they still provide a great device that enjoys the largest market shares in smart phones. is it decreasing? .. yes, but these updates should slow the leak.
and lets face it, everythign these days is touch screen, and its a shame cuz not everyone prefers to be tapping on screen with one hand and holding the device with the other. a lot of people prefer to have a phone that can used with just one hand, especially when multi-tasking. can it be done on a touch screen ?... yes. is it as convenient as a blackberry in getting thigns done? ... no. even better, if you can combine a blackberry form factor with a touch screen and keep the navigation keys then you have a winner. and now that the blackberry will pack a strong processor to run your apps and fly through your messages ... its a good phone. competition is good. blackberry is here to stay.
23. hbk (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 May 2010)
Where have you been living? There is something called the Droid PRO that look exactly like a Blackberry but with better everything which gives the full Blackberry keyboard like YOU said you want and with a full functioning touchscreen like YOU said you want. The Storm 3 is going to FAIL MISERABLY? WHY? Because Blackberry is a very arrogant company that is behind 4 years in technology and is headed by an idiot CEO that said data is still in its early stages and that there is no need for the Blackberry to try to keep up to date with other operating systems. WTF?!?!?! That is so asinine! That's a great mentality to have if you plan to run a company into the ground. Blackberry is definitely not here to stay.
Have you seen their Torch commercials? What's their big catch? Blackberry instant messenger? Pathetic! AND THEY REFUSE TO CHANGE THEIR GARBAGE TECHNOLOGY THAT THEY CALL "capacitive" TOUCH SCREEN!
7. tmoney83 (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 May 2009)
bb/rim is not going for the kids they are made for what its for. a regular working person. they have they own class. why people act like they got to keep up with everybody else.
33. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
True.But there's nothing wrong with adding a lil something something to it to keep it interesting.I like Android too b/cause it can do the same as in sync my calendar dates,documents,email(no push email though) and a alternative to BBM(KIK)...but a front facing camera for video chat on the go is very productive.I hope that comes w/the Torch 2 b/cause i got the Torch and LOVE IT!!! now if they just make a extended battery..
Let VZW have the iPhone4,I'll do BB and Android
8. Jklollmaowtfomg (unregistered)
Everyone is down on RIM because they fell so far behind. I held on to my curve for so long, waiting for something to catch up to other phones, that I won't even consider another bb until they prove that they can bring out a competitive model. I wanted to give them a chance, but they can't expect many people to wait around another 8 months, pulling the battery out of their storm every 5 minutes, hoping that the next bb might within shouting distance of the more up to date phones.
9. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
I hope it doesnt have the touchscreen that you can push for a click feel. I didnt like that in the Storm or Storm 2.
10. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
How can this be a Storm 3 if it doesn't have any CDMA connectivity? Isn't the "Storm" brand only available on Verizon? I think that people are getting the Storm 3 and the Torch 2 mixed.
11. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
did you know there are countries outside of america... and they can buy the storm too? but they are on GSM networks, so CDMa wont work.
12. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
front facing camera? no competition.
15. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
p.s. video chat/conference is very popular in business so dont think "oh what does he know he just wants a entertaining phone when clearly BB is a business phone" and WTF BB has no reason to be behind they have alot of money and ton of resources, BB doesnt have to work the same way android ios or windows7 but it does have to give us what we consumers need, a better processor(this phone is an exception), at least 8 mp, build quality, and most important... battery life. dont tell me you don't wish your BB had these because most(like really most like worldwide*) loyal BB users argue about not having it.
19. LionStone (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Don't really need front facing camera because many serious BB users will get the Playbook for that, so that is not really a deal breaker.
13. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
you're all a bunch of nubs. and ill keep it simple in my explanation so maybe ya'll can understand.
blackberries have the best security software out there, businesses will choose blackberry.
blackberry does appeal to some smart phone users, and I know a few that have gone android/iphone just to go back to blackberry.
blackberry is losing market share. 2-3 years ago what was it's competition? iOS and sidekicks...the more options there are the less market share you get.
blackberry still has top smart phone market share world wide (proven fact, get over it)
blackberry keeps releasing (storm) devices because slowly the work on getting it right and don't give up unlike other fail companies.
you all need to stop nut hugging one OS and realize that each has its up side and down side. like android and iOS with their useless apps that makes people pay a shit ton for a phone/service when 97% of the time they just need an HTML browser without a smart phone. blackberry with their below average specs. windows mobile 7 with what I am sure will end up being some sort of epic failure (either device or OS...cmon...its microsoft....every software preview they do for computers crashes at unveil), and WebOS under-rated and overlooked but one of the best interfaces
24. hbk (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 May 2010)
hmm...I don't know where you're a tech guy but Blackberry keep becoming more unreliable with every passing year. I know because I have to explain to people every 1-3 months that the blackberry servers have crashed and they should be able to start receiving their data within 72 hours. The ONLY thing Blackberry has going for it is their security encryption. THAT IS IT! The Curve II, the Curve 3G, the Torch, the Tour, the Bold=junk, junk, junk, junk with a little bit more junk on top. Some people JUST need an HTML browser? Who are you kidding? No one can survive on just HTML browser if that was the case then smartphone sales wouldn't have skyrocketed like they have the past 2 years. iPhone's and Android's provide desktop web browsing experience which is why they have been so huge. You think that fart apps are what drives iPhone and Droid sales? EVERYONE was the best web browsing experience on their phone which clearly Blackberry doesn't and hasn't offer and probably will offer in the far far future once everyone has abandoned except corporate users who are forced into using Blackberry for work.
28. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Blackberry are junk phones, they use the slow as snail Blackberry data servers. The browser is garbage and the way they handle email is crap as they load it in the most basic way.
Blackberry has it's push email and security going for it. And even those two features are going to be beaten by Android and iOS. The only reason why it's the leader in smartphones is because cooperations buy them in bulk and give them to their employees so there's no choice but to use it.
30. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
"blackberry still has top smart phone market share world wide (proven fact, get over it)"
The only reason for that is because people are cheap and usually will prefer getting a free Blackberry Curve instead of paying 200-300$ on something like an Iphone, Droid X, Evo, etc.
Don't kid yourself about how they got the market share they did, they got it because the phone was cheap. Now that Android phones are catching up to their price, they are outselling Blackberry like crazy, if Blackberry doesnt do something drastic they will lose their lead as early as the end of this year.
14. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
you mean newbs or noobs? b/c nub(n-uh-b) sound made up xDDD and these are comments, opinions that don't matter. the reason i post these insults sometimes complement is because it is funny watching/reading people like you taking it up the butt(serious) and getting mad. who doesn't know blackberry use to dominate the market (haha use to) we are just saying it is going nokia mode hahaha p.s. if blackberry as great secruity then why is india(so dont say worldwide) trying to get rid of it??? p.s. :) im just here defending myself, im not a newb only the ones who say it cause they are simply jealous p.s.s. but i agree with you about palm, palm does have thee best OS but for business and business only ;D bye.
17. g.ghh (unregistered)
why the hell can't they come up with 480x854 displays
18. nay (unregistered)
I was an android user who converted back to Blackberry. And I can't wait for the new Blackberry device. Blackberry is known for putting out QUALITY products that last and go the distance. How many of you driod users out there are on your 2nd, 3rd or even 4th Andriod devices? I think you'll find that RIM/Blackberry will take back their share of the smartphone market with this phone.
25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, for people that don't care that they have a phone that feels like it's from the stone age. xD
Android: for people that live life in the fast lane.
20. LionStone (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
If this device ends up being 4g, with NFC, or maybe even dual core, it will be a contender and make many BB users happy. There are a couple things that I miss about the Bold that I had, but not enough to make me wanna go back.
26. ipaint87 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Blackberry, Android, Apple.....
BB has been around since dirt, but its been a solid phone since the beginning and I've owned many models. Blackberry simply cant cut it in the new age app thirsty world. Blackberry is a solid business phone but with lack of apps, web browsing and the crap GUI RIM keeps coming out with just makes BB another phone. Android and Apple are by far the best on the market. Android is the new standard for phones with Apple having a few perks. Win 7 phones are making good progress but a lot of people don't like the GUI of Win7. Palm and BB are just dying off.......Sorry for the BB lovers but its time to move on from that paperweight you use in your office everyday.
27. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Will this have that stupid clickable screen that everyone absolutely hates? The Storm series sucks when compared to other smartphones. I don't even see why RIM is going to release this now that Verizon has the iPhone. When the Storm 3 comes out it's already going to be way behind the curve as there's going to be a ton of Android devices that are going to humiliate it, and the iPhone 5 will put salt in the wound.
29. dsg_cobra (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)
Blackberry did a good thing with the curve. Il give them that but the storm was a mistake. Any phone with no task manager, and having to tell consumers they have to manually turn on memory cleaning and either pull the battery every 24-48 hrs or download quickpull. Which will reset your phone everyday at the time you choose, is poor manufacturing and lazyness to make your own software to correct phone malfunctions. Any time i get someone asking about their blackberry acting up, camera not working, data randomly stops working, etc... 1st question have you pulled battery?? try that., And blackberry is the only phone that you have to go in and register host routing table just to get data to work when you first activate it. android and ios dont do this. blackberry is a failing company and businesses will overtime see how reliable other platforms are and jump ship. ios will be number one followed by blackberry and android in third in just 2 months watch and see. :)
31. cloud36426 (unregistered)
gotta say that blackberry is behind the curve hardware wise and in software but they have taken phones with low specs and the os be very fluid. i had a curve 8350i just last year and it worked grat with the low specs. so with them stepping specs up to a semi standard i think it will be better than most are speculating. my buddies storm 2 3.2 megapixel camera looks better than most 5 megapixel cameras, and takes better consistant pics than my droid x. so i would not count it out yet.
32. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
This is mediocre thing going to launch in SEPTEMBER?! Was that a misprint? Unless it's $350 unlocked (not subsidized by a carrier) it will be a total joke. How many dual-core phones will be on the market by September? How many shooting video in 1080p? How many with larger screens with higher resolutions, brighter, thinner, more power efficient, color depth, increased subpixels, etc.? How many phones have those screens now? How many already have 1gb of RAM now? A 5mp camera? Seriously?! Nokia has had a 12megapixel camera for months already? Why only Bluetooth 3.0? Only tri-band UMTS by Q4? Nokia has many models with PENTA-band UMTS and HSPA+. What about LTE? By dragging their feet, RIMM will become the next Nokia...
On a side note--the UMA and multi-frequency WiFi specs look decent.
34. komelo (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Jan 2011)
I had the storm 1, my excuses before for having a BlackBerry is its for smart people but behind the scene I'm miserable with the storm 1. I have nothing but bad experience with BlackBerry devices, some guy said wp7 will fail??? I doubt that, for a beta release its already better than the fragmented Android os. I won't say anything about the webios iPhone because we all know its the best out there. I'm on a hd7 right now and for all the wp7 haters,,, own one without hacking the phone!
35. Special K (unregistered)
Everybody is on the Android banwagon right now but that is merely because its the "newest and coolest" operating system. There are several problems with it:
2) Device is Oudated faster than Blackberry (you'll always be using an out of date software/hardware on an Android device...which leads to more fragmentation)
3) Not a single software update has successfully gone through that hasn't imploded a ton of devices. Every time an update is released, it is a massive call driver for ALL the providers.
There are other personal things about Android I don't prefer such as the fact that you need to download FAR too many applications for your device to become workable if you ask me. There are no simple solution for things that seem like common sense (Sync with Outlook?). Android offers a better web experience than Blackberry for sure, but Blackberry is a superior messaging device.
36. RC (unregistered)
Put a sideslider QWERTY keyboard on it ! People with big fingers need to larger keyboards, and personally, I HATE TYPING ON MY SCREEN!