If you though RIM was done with the mediocre Storm line of all touch phones, you'd be wrong. BGR has a new leak that purportedly shows the upcoming BlackBerry Storm 3. The leak includes both images, and a spec sheet. The device design is not a radical departure from what you may remember from the previous Storm devices. The touch screen has been bumped up to 3.7-inches and 800x480 resolution. It is listed in the docs as being capacitive only. It is unclear if the SurePress screen is gone, or this is just an omission.
The other specs of the device are actually rather encouraging. RIM will be using a 1.2GHz CPU of unknown make, a 5MP camera with 720p recording. 8GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, 2.4 b/g/n and 5GHz a/n Wi-Fi, and BlackBerry OS 6.1. The device is also listed as being HSPA/GSM, which would mean a departure from Verizon's CDMA network. The exact frequencies were not available.
BGR expects the Storm 3 to hit stores later next summer. But at that rate, other smartphones will be brushing our teeth for us. Do you think RIM has a shot with this one?
No one's heard a peep from RIM about the possibility of a third iteration of the BlackBerry Storm line of touch screen smartphones. But here we have a fairly convincing shot of what is apparently just that. The new handset will apparently have a slightly larger 3.7-inch display, 8GB of built-in storage, and possible a mobile hotspot feature.
The phone will most likely be a Verizon release and could hit stores by the end of the year. This would fit with the previous release schedule, and would give RIM time to get the new BB6 operating system on the phone. This possible Storm 3 has an optical trackpad, which is different from previous Storm models. RIM did not include the click screen SurePress technology in the recently released Torch, but it is unclear if the Storm line will continue to use it. Does this handset interest you at all?