Verizon Wireless will release the follow-up to the BlackBerry Storm in less than two weeks, if an unconfirmed report is correct.
This device will have much in common with its predecessor — which was the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen — but the upcoming model will supposedly come with updated software and Wi-Fi.
According to information that has leaked out of Verizon, the Storm 2 will launch on Wednesday, October 21.
This same source has a few other details on this BlackBerry, most notably that it will include 2 GB of on-device storage, and come bundled with a 16 GB removable memory card.
It also helps confirm numerous earlier reports that RIM has modified the way the Storm 2’s SurePress touchscreen will work. This will supposedly offer “greater consistency with tactile response across the entire screen” and “enhanced navigation and typing”.
Additional Information on the BlackBerry Storm 2
RIM hasn’t officially announced a second-generation Storm, but a number of images of it have leaked out, and many details on it, too.
RIM’s next high-end model will supposedly include BlackBerry OS 5.x, instead of the OS 4.x in the original. Still, the current model is expected to get a operating system upgrade before too much longer.
There is no word yet on what the BlackBerry Storm 2 will cost, and many other details on this model are also unconfirmed. Still, like the current version, it’s expected to have Bluetooth, GPS, and a microSD card slot.
Like its predecessor, Verizon’s version (9550) will reportedly be a world phone, with support for both CDMA networks and GSM ones when roaming outside of the U.S., and it will include EV-DO and HSDPA.
Earlier rumors have indicated that Vodafone will also be releasing a version of this smartphone later this month.