BlackBerry Storm 3 (“Monaco”) Going into Production?

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Remember that new BlackBerry Storm we saw leaked in the fall? Apparently it’s moving forward and going into production, according to an anonymous tipster. SurePress is likely out, and a 3.7-inch screen, OS 6, 512 MB of RAM, a 1 GHz processor are likely in. As for the OS, it’ll probably launch with OS 6.1, though previous rumours suggested that it might be the first QNX BlackBerry. The source of this information also mentioned that RIM’s playing around with a horizontal slider, which would mean there would finally be a BlackBerry in every major form factor.

Personally, I’m going to kind of miss SurePress, but the masses have spoken, and they really don’t like clicking touchscreens, even after a revision. The bigger screen on this Storm will catch the eye of media hogs, but unless the specs actually back it up, namely with a 1 GHz processor and possibly some 4G action to stream videos over-the-air licketty-split, the Monaco may be doomed to mid-range mediocrity like so many BlackBerry smartphones.

As far as a timeline goes, if the Monaco is going into production now, it wouldn’t be surprising to see something in the spring, maybe in time for WES BlackBerry World in May.

[via N4BB]

  • i4ni

    Its not a Storm without the SurePress in my opinion. Physical keyboards are good and all but I would much rather the Storm series continue to use the click screen. Blackberry users have more than enough options if they want a phone with a physical keyboard. That was the whole philosophy behind the Torch I thought? Storm/Curve hybrid best of both worlds kind of thing?

  • Ccgoatgod

    If BlackBerry doesn’t announce this new Storm pretty soon, I’ll be forced to use my March 1 Verizon upgrade date to get an iPhone, much as I want to stay with Blackberry. My Storm 1 is pretty useless.

  • http://www.ibsi-us.com computer support tampa

    I really wanna see this phone to be available asap. Some of our clients might be moving off BES platform in favor to Androids to utilize IBM Lotus Traveler

  • i4ni

    I used my upgrade for the Droid X. I miss and loved my Storm 2 but RIM is behind the times and obsoletes its hardware on a yearly basis. The specs on the new Storm 3 are the average specs on phones in the market for the past 6 months or so. Guess its profitable to “make” people buy a new phone every 2 years or so but then again, considering I have heard the same gripes regarding this, maybe its not. At least give us Storm 2 users the 6.0 webkit browser since we’re almost guaranteed to be running Blackberry OS5 forever because of insufficient hardware.

  • i4ni

    I used my upgrade for the Droid X. I miss and loved my Storm 2 but RIM is behind the times and obsoletes its hardware on a yearly basis. The specs on the new Storm 3 are the average specs on phones in the market for the past 6 months or so. Guess its profitable to “make” people buy a new phone every 2 years or so but then again, considering I have heard the same gripes regarding this, maybe its not. At least give us Storm 2 users the 6.0 webkit browser since we’re almost guaranteed to be running Blackberry OS5 forever because of insufficient hardware.

  • patience is a virtue

    this should be packing a dual core processor with the qnx operating system and 1GB of ram with a 3D UI and true multitasking.

    that’s the real iphone killer but i think it will have to wait until next year.

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