BlackBerry Storm specifications solidified

BlackBerry 9500 spec sheet

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been able to piece together the major features of the upcoming BlackBerry 9500 series, but some the latest leak is filling in the finer details. The BlackBerry Storm is due to hit CDMA carriers Bell, Telus (yep) and Verizon in the next couple of months.

  • EVDO Rev A: (1900/800 MHz)
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • 9500: HSDPA/UMTS: (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • 9530: HSDPA/UMTS: (2100 MHz)
  • WiFi: None
  • Size: 112.52 x 62.2 x 13.95 mm
  • Screen 3.25 ” HVGA+ 480×360 Multi-touch, Gesture Touch
  • Battery: 1400mAh
  • Memory: 1GB flash for media/ 192 meg ram
  • Camera: 3.2 MP camera, vanity mirror, no flash
  • Audio: 3.5mm jack, bluetooth stereo, Rhapsody OTA purchase and tethered subscription capable
  • Browser: Every feature the IPhone safari webkit has, minus support for tabs. No flash support.

No Wi-Fi is a bit of a downer, but as RIM’s initial foray into the touchscreen game, it’s still a device garnering lots of attention. The GSM version’s spec sheet has also been revealed, the primary difference being the presence of aGPS. Rogers and Vodafone are just two of the carriers we’ve heard will be carrying the BalckBerry 9500, but it’s a safe bet that plenty more will follow. With Verizon poised for an imminent launch, and now clean shots of spec sheets showing up, it’s not far-fetched to hope for a launch before the end of October.

[via CB forums]

  • Grant

    No WIFI? When are these idiots going to learn that when you want to sell a product, you have to give the consumer what they want. We’re tired of being ripped off.

  • proconsumer

    1st – about me – pro consumer, into gadgets, technology

    currently customer of ROGERS WIRELESS… not happy

    as this is interested phone/subject, how about we –
    people that are using come with the perfect phone /
    features, and I will start:

    from the phone I expect good coverage, in the elevator, in
    all stores, and most area …

    * the ROGERS TV add few dropped calls, most reliable
    network … it is so wrong!!! no signal, or just
    message Network BUSY?!???!??? My other cell provider
    Telus works in basement, in underground garage,
    and it works in most area … where asphalt road
    exists vs. ROGERS – only core down towns … 🙁

    * due the radiation, phone should have at least small
    antenna. phones like this (candy-stick) use your ear
    as antenna … and you will not read about this in
    your phone manual…

    * bluetooth 2.0 fine, but no WiFi?!?? maybe if it is
    not bad thing for ROGERS because they charge in
    money, blood and kidneys), for accessing the net
    via ROGERS wireless network… You get point.

    ok, back to ideal phone:

    * easy sync with desktop application (MS Outlook or
    any other – calendar, address, tasks, etc)

    * easy to enter … keyboard or virtual keyboard/
    touch screen. If keyboard – have space when I press “G”
    I will not press “F” and T” and B …

    * usb indeed.

    * should be robust enough if dropped from hand – by
    mistake, screen does not get scratched and phone
    still works! // … do not try to test if you have
    HTC phone … * body – magnesium / titan …

    * GPS is interesting, but thank you – No.
    mostly people have dedicated device – for gps
    car. Note, running GPS will drain battery faster
    + add the bluetooth … again you get picture.

    * form factor, not heavy but not to light, battery
    easy to access / replace if I have a spare batery
    easily fit into hand … and I can use one hand palm
    fingers to operate for basic operations such as
    phone calls, messaging, simple data entry …

    * camera is nice, but 2 or 3 MPG, video … but
    stores in external micro SD by default.

    * themes should be professional and user friendly
    e.g. my last nokia, has stubby display … as
    you have feeling that half of the screen is missing.
    on top of that, colour that Rogers branding provide
    so eye disturbing: red, silver, or nokia money
    nice but very hard to read in low light condition.

    I do not want to have a flashlight in other hand
    or use other light source to be able to read, use
    the phone.

    * GSM … phone can be used in many places, and have
    2 slots for 2 different SIM cards. so you can the
    phone with home provider / roaming to get calls,
    messages, and use local provider for making calls
    sending sms … as it is much cheaper then use your
    SIM card in roaming …

    – let hear vox populi!

  • Mark

    As the Storm is supposed to be primarily a business tool, and that it has MS Word and MS Excel edit capabilities, unless this device can also plug into a real keyboard it will be totally useless to me. I’m looking for ways to leave my laptop behind on business trips, and if the Storm can plug into a real keyboard so those who actually know how to type can efficiently add 25 pages to a major business document in the hotel room in time for a meeting the following morning it will be a huge blessing. But if I’m left to type reports only using my thumbs…well, hello laptop :-).

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