BlackBerry Storm 2 Refresh still in the works; BlackBerry Torch 2 9850 is now the Volt

BlackBerry Storm 2 Refresh still in the works; BlackBerry Torch 2 9850 is now the Volt
BlackBerryOS got a tip from someone on the endangered species list-a RIM insider-who told them the rumor that the BlackBerry Storm 2 Refresh is still alive and is being called the BlackBerry Monarch. While talk of a Storm 2 Refresh dates as far back as last September, it seems that RIM wanted to wait until they could load it up with the latest BlackBerry 7 OS. The device will resemble the BlackBerry Storm 2 down to the SurePress Technology which means the clicking screen will be back, if this speculation pans out.

According to a tip from a RIM insider, the SurePress clicking keyboard, seen on the BlackBerry Storm, will be back on the BlackBerry Monarch

According to a tip from a RIM insider, the SurePress clicking keyboard, seen on the BlackBerry Storm, will be back on the BlackBerry Monarch

While SurePress is certainly an acquired taste for many, RIM would be playing this smart by eliminating the Storm name and starting over with the Monarch moniker. Unfortunately for RIM, hearing the name BlackBerry Storm brings back sour memories for many Verizon customers who expected an Apple iPhone competitor when the first BlackBerry touchscreen device was launched and instead, ended up with a phone that suffered from buggy, half-baked software. Not only did the accelerometer fail to work half the time, but the lack of Wi-Fi turned out to be a major design design flaw and the clicking touchscreen drove many batty. Eventually, with the launch of BlackBerry 5 OS, the original Storm became a serviceable device that was improved greatly with the sequel model (which included Wi-Fi). Still, killing off the Storm name is a good idea for a company that needs to look ahead to the future instead of looking back at the past.

The source also passed along the rumor that the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860, which along with the BlackBerry Bold 9930 can now be found on the CelleBrite data extraction system as we reported earlier today, will be known as the BlackBerry Volt. While the original Torch wasn't nearly the mess that the Storm was, a disappointing set of specs kept sales down and the Torch 2 Volt 9850/9860 will have very competitive hardware and software on board.

source: BlackBerryOS

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9 Comments

1. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

they are getting released way too late in the year and will be considered just a average offering when being compared to devices getting released at the same time. If these were to have been released in early February to March, they would of had a solid fighting chance at success.

2. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Agreed. Hopefully a "refresh" includes an upgraded camera, faster processor and more memory.

3. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

wow are they really serious......

4. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

you lost me at blackberry & surepress. :( lets wait and see how bad they can screw up the "volt"

5. snowgator

Posts: 3616; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sweet Mother. There have been stories of a Pearl flip device, Curves with touch screens, Torch 2 (now "Volt"? Torch much more impressive name) on both Verizon and AT&T, a full touch screen with no click, now a full touch with a click. So far the only device anyone has had hands on with is the Bold Touch, and it keeps getting delayed. Just waiting on those Style 2 rumors, and Blackberry will have an entire line of imaginary devices from low end phones to high end. At some point, they will start RELEASING this things so we can decide if Blackberry can win our money, right?

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am wondering if the two bozos that occupy co-CEO at RIM have already cut a deal to sell the company and are driving the stock price down to that level. What other explanation is there for the bungled decision-making?

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Thought they were suppose to make a BB STORM 3?

8. Gawain

Posts: 434; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

I was part of the silent masses that loved SurePress... ;-P Seriously, I liked the click screen, but the rest of the hardware was not up to the task. The overall form factor though, I absolutely loved. If they can stick some modern insides and get it to perform, I'd happily buy it and stick with it. As it's looking now, though, I'm eying webOS (again) and thinking I may not look back. On an Android now, and while the hardware is sharp, I don't dig the OS that much at all.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3616; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am loving the WeBOS I got on my second-hand Pre Plus. Really cheering for the Pre 3 to give me an excuse to stay with it. Needs at least enought Apps to get it at least in the same conversation as the with the rest of the OS world.

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