BlackBerry Storm3 Might Debut Later than Previously Thought

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Few would be surprised to learn that RIM is working on a new model in the Storm series. However, Verizon is reportedly not going to introduce the BlackBerry Storm3 as soon as had been rumored.

The original Storm and Storm2 are RIM’s attempt to go head-to-head with the iPhone, as they are the only BlackBerrys with large touschreens.

The Storm3 has not yet been formally unveiled, but some of the specifications have leaked out, showing that this upcoming smartphone is going to be very similar to the Storm2, but with a few enhancements like a newer version of the operating system.

Recently, an unconfirmed report indicated that Verizon is going to release this smartphone in September. However, a new report says the launch is going to be in October. The Storm2 debuted in October of last year.

BlackBerry Storm3 9570 from VerizonLeaked Details on the BlackBerry Storm3
Since the original Storm was introduced in 2008, RIM has stayed with the same basic design: a tablet with a 3.25-inch, 360 x 480 pixel touchscreen. The third iteration is apparently going to follow closely in the footsteps of its predecessors.

One of the major enhancements is going to be Blackberry OS 6.0, which has been heavily redesigned with Touchscreen devices like the Storm in mind. A much improved Webkit-based browser will be included in this new version.

According to an official statement from RIM, the Storm2 will not be getting an upgrade to this new OS.

In addition, the leaked list of specifications indicates that the next model in this series is going to have mobile hotspot software, which will allow it to share its 3G connection with other computers over Wi-Fi.

The Storm3 is supposedly going to include a 5 megapixel camera, up from the 3.2 megapixel one in its predecessors.

Like its predecessor, it will have Wi-Fi —  802.11n support is being added, though — and it is going to be a worldphone, so it can be used on Verizon’s network in the U.S. but also on GSM networks in Europe, Asia and elsewhere.

The BlackBerry Storm3 9570 will allegedly have 512 MB of RAM and a microSD memory card slot with support for 32 GB microSDHC cards.

The price for this model is still unknown.

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