Research In Motion (RIM) confirmed last week the existence of the sleek new unreleased Blackberry Storm 2 smart-phone after numerous leaked images from crackberry.com began circulating the Web.
The prototype for the new BlackBerry Storm 2.
The biggest news about the Storm 2 hardware is that the SurePress text entry system, which used the entire screen as a large button to mimic typing, has been removed in favour of a conventional fixed touch screen. The navigation buttons at the bottom of the handset have also been removed and replaced with a touch-sensitive area which over gives the handset a clean, polished look.
The reports on the internal upgrades are slim. Known so far are that it will include a 3.2-megapixel camera with auto focus, a 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi in addition to GPS and support the new Blackberry OS version 5. The device reportedly runs much faster and smoother than the current model but no specifics were given as benchmarks.
The release date hasn't been set though it will be releasing this summer. It is expected as soon as June, and no later than July. This puts it in the same window as the next iPhone and Palm Pre. This will create a huge amount of competition, which will hopefully drive down the cost while bringing fresh ideas to the table.