BlackBerry Storm 3 to Offer Wi-Fi Hotspot, 5 Megapixel Camera?

After a lot of talk about a new BlackBerry Storm, we’re starting to see something at least half-way concrete. If you relax your eyes and squint a bit while staring at this leaked slide, first you’ll see a 3D sailboat, then you’ll see a short spec list including BlackBerry OS 6 and the new Webkit browser, 512 MB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera, world roaming capabilities, and Wi-Fi 802.11n with mobile hotspot capability. Unfortunately, that sounds a little more believable than the LTE and 1 GB of RAM rumoured last month.

The new Storm is being touted as a mere “refresh”, but the increased app memory, mobile hotspot, upgraded camera, and OS 6 make it sound like a significantly-improved device. I’m curious if the SurePress clicking touchscreen will be tweaked at all, but honestly, the Storm 2 handled the concept swimmingly, and I’d be hard-pressed to imagine how RIM could polish it further. This is the first time we’ve heard of RIM releasing a device with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot function, which is quickly becoming the standard among other smartphone manufacturers. The HTC EVO 4G and Droid X leap to mind, but any high-end Android phone, like the Incredible, are likely to get mobile hotspot functions with 2.2 Froyo. It would be nice to see the other upcoming high-end BlackBerrys, like the Bold/Torch 9800 and the 9670 clamshell launch with the feature as well – fingers crossed.

Verizon is a likely candidate to carry the BlackBerry Storm 3, potentially launching before the end of the year.

[via Engadget]

  • joeys

    storm is a horrible phone…. just let it die already geez…
    its droid x & iphone4 and everythin else….

  • Franky

    i have a blackberry storm 1 and the phone crashes a lot, and its annoying that i have to pull out the battery every 3-4 days as a result.

  • greg

    Most of the complaints seem to be about the Storm 1 and yet you talk up the iPhone which is what version FOUR?????

    Please make your comparisons fairly.

    I have a Storm 1 and yes it has INCREASED… in hangups and longer wait states, but so did Windows 3, 3.1, 95, 98, XP, Vista, and 7 will as well as time goes on and more is added.

    My hangs came from increased in storage usage as well as more email accounts and social network accounts. Works the system more.

    The new phones without anything working it resources until you add it all in will always work great.

  • Kev

    I've been a Storm1 and 2 user since they came aboard. The first version had it's issues- yes. That's never been in question, however, those issues have been resolved in the update to OS5. I'm currently running a Storm2 and this version works great. The things that are lacking are the true web browsing, multimedia, and overall today and beyond type of experience and feel to it. It's still just a click-screen business phone. So the nay sayers are the ones who most likely never even used or gave this model a shot. It works very well, but it's not stellar. The actual Storm3 WILL be.

    This article is simply displaying a refreshing update/grade to the current Storm2. While there are several improvements, they are mere incremental improvements which everyone feels should have been there at launch. All of which save for the wifi-hotspot perk. The Storm3 is SIGNIFICANTLY more impressive than this refresh meant to hold us over until the S3 is released with Verizon's LTE network around January. All the S3 4g specs have been detailed at While at this stage it is considered rumor, Sal knows what he's talking about and is an extremely reliable source.

    For those of you who want to see those specs, I highly encourage you to check out his site.

  • Woody

    All I can say is that I will test the Storm 3, but if the performance isnt there, then its off to the Droid for me. Battery pulls should NOT be a part of everyday life for any cell phone user. RIM has the opportunity to get itself strongly set in both the business and the consumer world, simply by giving us a phone that other manufacturers are dying to get into our hands. I like my Curve, but as soon as Jan 1, 2011 comes, I will have a decision to make. Lets just hope that RIM makes that choice easier for me.

  • I have a storm1 and yes one 4.5 OS it was awful and I couldn’t wait to get rid of it, but currently on 5.0 it runs beautifully… sure it has it’s downs like lack of memory and no WIFI but for a first version of a phone it is fairly impressive.

    Anyone with a storm 1 and wants better performance out of it I’ll explain what I did with mine.


    Install CrunchCMS to replace the native texting Application (free app)

    Install MemoryBooster -RAM Optimizer (4.99) removes the need to do battery pulls you can even set it to boost the memory on it’s own if it goes lower then X amount of memory and does so in the background.

    Install Opera Mini to replace the native browser – Renders websites a lot better and gives you fantastic tabbing capabilities

    Put those on your Storm and I promise you can compete with even the speed of the iphone 4 and multitask a lot better

    Extra apps I have on my phone

    Lamour theme (free) – Gives you a fairly close replica to what Blackberry 6 will do and it runs really well)

    Poynt (free) – All in one app that gives you Weather, Movies(trailers, locations and showtimes and you can purchase tickets directly from the app), Yellow/White Pages, restaurants (some restaurants allow you to make reservations) and you can add any business/restaurant/theaters information with one click to your phonebook or add the address to your map and get directions from where you are located. All searches are based on your gps location to a certain radius (specified by you) or by a location chosen by you. Oh and the UI is beautiful, simple and fast.

    WhatsApp (free) instant messaging between anyone else with the application, mainly I use it for free texting with iphone users.

    Window Live Messenger – no need for explanation

    Twitter – no need for explanation

    Facebook – no need for explanation

    Note* I deleted alot of native applications that I wasn’t using to get extra app memory such as extra languages and tasks, password manager, help.

    Make sure you keep the native browser installed as it is used when opening youtube videos

    Hope this helps anyone with a Storm 1 – Which I’m sure a similar build on a Storm 2 would also improve it’s usability

  • Sorry typo the app is called CrunchSMS not CrunchCMS

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