The third time may be a charm for BlackBerry’s attempt at a touchscreen phone. The first Storm debuted to less-than-optimal reviews thanks to its finicky touchscreen, while the second Storm fared a bit better but lacked a decent web browser and the screen still had some quirks.
Early details about the Storm 3 have been acquired by BGR.com, who leaked details of a few other upcoming BlackBerry phones yesterday as well. The handset looks poised for a September debut and features a 1.2GHz processor behind a 3.7-inch touchscreen with an 800×480 resolution, putting it in line with most other smartphone models on the market today.
The cellular chipset looks to be of the AT&T/T-Mobile variety in these initial specs, the phone doubles as a 3G-to-Wi-Fi hotspot, and the 5-megapixel camera will record HD videos. Even though the phone is almost all touchscreen, RIM’s added an optical trackpad for some reason or another so we’ll see if it brings any additional functionality over standard finger taps.
No word on an exact launch date, pricing, or carrier availability yet though BGR reports that they’ve been told “the Storm 3 will launch in two or possibly three versions globally.”
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