I just switched to Moto Droid from Storm 2 and not because of the slider keyboard. I switched because the browser speed, dual processor (CPU + GPU) and the fluidity of the OS. therefore, imo, the Storm 3 Team should focus its resource on something that can match or exceed the Droid.
One thing I can think of when reading this is the same thing that I know most of you are also thinking is....OoOoO SHINEY!
If this does come out, in my opinion this will be pretty stupid and a bigger fail then the first Storm. RIM needs to do something different then incorporate two possible Blackberry devices into one. That's just stupid. Like I said on the show, every Blackberry is the same now. They won't change anything.
The only time i would consider a touchscreen is if it came with a keyboard attached. i know its doubtfull they will make that version, heres to hoping though !
also merry christmas !