Ok, admittedly, these are neither official technical specifications or is revealed via a highly credible source. This is just a presentation slide that someone appears to have to stealthily captured on camera to leak it to Engadget. Photoshopping is another possibility.
So what does the slide say? Well, if the revelations are true, then Blackberry Storm 3 will just be modestly improved version of Blackberry Storm 2. Firstly, the RAM will be doubled from 256MB to 512MB. Also, the camera will now come with a 5-Megapixel sensor. The user interface will receive a revamp with the new Blackberry 6 OS. Additionally, the device will carry a webkit browser and be supported by Wi-Fi 802.11n. An interesting addition though is a 3G mobile hotspot service that is quite anticipated.
Besides that, we do not have a lot of other information. Blackberry Storm 3, as you can see from the leaked slide below, is launching during one of those “…ember” months. September anyone?
Research In Motion has traditionally launched its Storm series of Blackberry in October. However, that could change this year. According to a report published by the financial research firm, Collins Stewart. The market research firm has suggested that customers may expect to see the new Blackberry Storm3 launch as early as August of this year. We had earlier reported that Storm 3 might launch in Q3/Q4 of this year.
One of the significant reasons for the advancement in launch dates is to counter Apple. The Cupertino based tech giant recently launched the iPhone 4 and an August launch is seen as a way to get customers who may be looking at a Blackberry alternative enough reason to wait and purchase a Storm3.
That reasoning is of course fallacious in some ways. The latest speculation is from a third party report and not an official word from RIM – something that the company might have done if it were actually looking for customers to wait for a couple of months to go for a new Blackberry.
There has been a lot of positive press about Blackberry Storm3 of late. The device is expected to come with a revamped version of SurePress – a tactile feedback technology that has also been available in the earlier versions of Blackberry Storm. Also, the Blackberry OS 6.0 device is expected to be targeted at gamers and multimedia consumers. We had earlier reported that RIM is in talks with Electronic Arts to bring a mobile version of The Sims to Blackberry Storm3.
Rumors are doing the rounds that Canadian telecom carrier, Telus may be declaring an End of Life (EOL) on Blackberry Storm 2 on July 13, 2010. The declaration, if true, could put an end to the deal less than a year after the Blackberry handset launched on the carrier. Blackberry Storm2 on Telus launched in November 2009.
For one, this is still a speculation and there are no confirmations on this. Secondly, the possibility still exists given that Blackberry Storm3 is expected to launch shortly.
What do you think of these rumors? True?
Following up with rumors about the launch of a Blackberry Tablet, we are now hearing that Research In Motion is working on its next line of Storm smartphones. According to Tested.com, the company is already working on Storm 3 and Storm 4. Blackberry Storm 3 is expected to hit the stores by Q3 or Q4 of this year.
Like with the earlier models, Blackberry Storm 3 could be coming with Surepress – the technology that allowed users to depress their touchscreen to get tactile feedback while typing or navigating through the user interface. However, the new model is noted to be using a revamped version of Surepress. Also, the device will come with Blackberry OS 6.0 besides coming with features targeted at the gamers and multimedia consumers. RIM is believed to be working with EA to bring a mobile version of The Sims to Storm 3.
Storm 4 may go on sale next year.