The BlackBerry Storm 9570 has appeared in some photos a couple of weeks ago. This device may or may not have been the BlackBerry Storm 3. Probably not though, as alleged pictures of the Storm 3 from a another leak clearly showed a different device.
The Storm 9570 looked like (and was rumored to be) a Storm 2 refresh running the brand new BlackBerry OS 6 and was headed (at least) to Verizon. The internals were upgraded a bit, with 512 MB of RAM and a better, 5 MP camera.
Arguably, launching both a Storm 3 and this Storm 9570 didn’t make much sense, and RIM seem to have acknowledged that. A source told BBleaks that RIM had this to say:
“Thank you for your hard work and diligence in preparing your application to support the upcoming hardware refresh of the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone (model number 9570, codename R027). Regrettably, RIM has decided not to pursue this device further and has ended the program.
However, rest assured that you will have the opportunity to leverage the work you’ve put in thus far in preparing for the new OS, as BlackBerry 6 will be making its way to more Verizon products in the near future, including the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Curve 9330″
So it seems that RIM have cancelled the BlackBerry Storm 9570. And arguably no one will be very upset about this.
The entire Storm series has not been RIM’s greatest success, to put it mildly, so perhaps not releasing a minor rehash of a past product isn’t a bad idea at all.
And maybe they’re working on a groundbreaking new Storm, one that may just lose that SurePress nonsense and go with the capacitive we all know and love… or even run on QNX software. That’s not entirely unlikely, since RIM themselves have said they’ll eventually switch their smartphone line to QNX. One can dream.
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