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Rumors Swirl on BlackBerry Storm 3 Specifications

storm3With the BlackBerry Storm “2.5” 9570 refresh more or less cancelled by RIM the rumors are still milling about the device picture we leaked of the BlackBerry “Storm 3.” The team at BBLeaks has been getting specifications on the BlackBerry Storm 3 details and compiled them together. This fits together with the 3.7” screen we reported on before and the 8GB of internal memory. Here are the rumored specs:

  • Camera: 5MP, 2592×1944 pixels or 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, fixed focus, dual-LED flash
  • Memory: 8 or 16 GB storage w/ optional expandable to 32GB, 512 MB or 1GB RAM, 1 GB ROM
  • Display:  3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • GPRS: Class 32
  • Optical trackpad
  • Ringtones: MP3, WAV ringtones
  • MP3: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
  • 3G: HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
  • Addons: Wi-Fi, USB, GPS, OS, Video
  • Weight: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
  • Talktime: Up to 432 h (2G) / Up to 480 h (3G)
  • Standby: Up to 9 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)

I have been hearing from some sources that this device is more of a prototype instead of a final product and the specs are still in flux. A few months back rumor had it that RIM was deciding if they were going to release such a device with BlackBerry 6 or wait and launch it with the upcoming QNX based OS that will be launched with the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet.

I am not sure what to make of this device but its nice to hear that the touchscreen BlackBerry is not dead for RIM.

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  1. And whatabout the processor? The Torch is because of an insuficient processor very slow. A touchscreeen device should have today a 1GB processor minimaly.

  2. # Talktime: Up to 432 h (2G) / Up to 480 h (3G)
    # Standby: Up to 9 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)

    So it is better to talk on it than to standby. That is AWESOME!!! Now just to get one of those unlimited talk plans. 😉

  3. as excited as I am about QNX I think it would be a mistake for RIM to wait. As long ago as we saw this, it is probably the current CPU architecture and thus would be suited to BlackBerry 6, not Neutrino. It would be a stretch I think to believe RIM could have a new hardware architecture AND QNX ready before the holidays and they need to launch a newer touch screen asap.

    I’m not thrilled about fixed focus camera. That’s a step backwards.

    No CDMA radio? If that’s true has Verizon given up on a touch screen BlackBerry? With all the Droids they are launching and the rumored iPhone first of the year, maybe so….

    • Put it this way if the Storm 3 is shipping with QNX it will not be coming out until at least February time from what I am hearing. On the other hand RIM already invested some serious time in a Touchscreen Storm version of BlackBerry 6 so they may just release it anyways with some updated specs. In that case I doubt they will be changing the processor since RIM does not have that flexibility with BlackBerry 6.

  4. I hope it comes out soon. I will be so complete, like blackberry a lot.

  5. I agree RIM cannot afford to wait for BlackBerry 7 (QNX-based) on a Storm 3. Too many users are waiting on the next Storm device. You can see that by the number of comments being posted about the next Storm device. I’m due for a new touchscreen device myself, but a Storm 2.5 wasn’t what I wanted to see. I’ll hold on a little longer… but I’m getting a little frustrated by the progress. I need a new BlackBerry touchscreen phone!!!!! I need options!

    I suggest BlackBerry 6 on a Storm 3 with perhaps an opportunity to upgrade to BlackBerry 7 if it will be ready in the next calendar year (2011).

    I’m expecting a Storm 3 before Christmas running BB6 — release date: Dec 20th!

    • Yeah I am not sure if RIM has the luxury to wait but I think that Verizon is not interested in yet another refresh. They need something they can shout off the rooftops. The Torch and 9670 at least offered new form factors. It seems like mobile hotspot functionality was not enough for Verizon.

  6. Nobody is interested in a refresh. Sorry but looking at a live Samsung Galaxy S in a store besides a Torch… I must say that the Torch looks slow. It probably isn’t slow to use but it appears slower in comparison. The Galaxy S is noticeably faster, smoother & flashier. However, I know there is more to a good smartphone than flashy looks; however, RIM must sweeten the deal a bit more with some leading edge specs so the average consumer will choose the best device in the store and know they will enjoy using their capable smartphone for a couple of years (due to carrier 2 yr contracts!).

    A refreshed Storm 2 would not last two years before frustration would sink in, and buyers will be frustrated that they are “stuck” with an older device before their contract expires. I’m starting to have that same frustration now that my Storm is due to be replaced early in the new year. I see the new devices on the market and I’d like to have a faster smartphone. I certainly want to buy a butt-kicking device that will still be going strong and doing the job 2 years from now. Bring on the Storm 3 with a 1 GHz processor & 8 GB RAM!!!

    • Hi Joe,
      The problem I have with demanding a 1GHz processor is battery life. My wife has a Samsung galaxy S captivate from work and the battery life is atrocious. It has to be plugged in for 3/4ths of the day. In my opinion not a good comparison. I don’t think its the GHz that makes the difference but how it is used and optimized. For example, have you ever used a PSP? Those only have a 333Mhz processor but they are zippy and can spin circles around a BlackBerry in gaming.

      What I think RIM really needs is a wow factor. A fast super easy to use OS that just screams “look at this!”

  7. All I want is a BB with a good camera, full sized touch screen, and a slide out keyboard. BB because it’s familiar, touch screen because it’s bigger, more convenient and intuitive, and a real keyboard because it’s really a keyboard and not just a picture of one.

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