There can no doubt that RIM and Verizon intend to release a follow-up to the BlackBerry Storm, but this may be hitting store shelves far soon than many had expected.
The website BlackberryOS, citing an unnamed Verizon executive. says that this carrier is already training their tech support people on the Storm 2, and that it will be on the market before the end of June, if not earlier.
A Preview of 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.
This model will strongly resemble its predecessor, but it appears to be a bit thinner.
One of the major features of the original Storm, its clickscreen, may be missing from the follow-up. According to one report, the display will still be a touchscreen, but this will no longer mover when pressed on. In addition, the buttons below the display now seem to be integrated into the touchscreen.
The Storm 2 will reportedly include Wi-Fi, a feature that’s notably absent from the current version.
It will supposedly include BlackBerry OS 5.x, instead of the OS 4.x in the original.
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 its predecessor, it’s expected to have wireless broadband, Bluetooth, GPS, and a microSD card slot.
An Overview of the BlackBerry Storm
The Storm is the first BlackBerry with a touchscreen, and this smartphone has a tablet shape with a 3.25-inch, 360-by-480-pixel display. It doesn’t have a built-in keyboard, so all text is entered on the display.
Verizon’s version of this smartphone — the 9530 — has support for this carrier’s EV-DO network, but doesn’t stop there; to allow users to roam around the world, it also has a quad-band GSM and 2100 MHz HSDPA.
In addition, it includes Bluetooth 2.0, a GPS receiver, and a 3.2 MPx camera with flash.