RIM's BlackBerry Storm 3 Brewing For Fall Debut

Research In Motion's exhaustive efforts to keep itself at or near the top of the smartphone food chain will continue sometime this fall with the release of the much-anticipated BlackBerry Storm 3.

According to details leaked to the Boy Genius Report website, the third iteration of the Storm will feature the highest resolution display (3.7 inch, 800x480) in company history, a 1.2 GHz processor, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, a 5-megapixel camera with 730p video recording and 8GB of eMMC storage.

Whether the device is actually called "Storm 3," however, remains to be seen as Boy Genius Report claims that RIM is using the internal codenames "Monaco" and "Monza" for the device. It also appears that RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) is prepping at least two and maybe three versions of the model that will most likely be available by September.

If the leaked details are accurate, Storm 3 or whatever it's eventually called, will run on BlackBerry 6.1, include 3G mobile hotspot support and an optical trackpad.

Despite the staggering momentum Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone and dozens of other Android-powered smartphones have garnered in the past two years, RIM's managed to hold its own while investing heavily -- most notably its recent acquisition of UI designer The Astonishing Tribe -- to update its look and features to attract more consumers to its devices.

In December, The Nielsen Company issued a report that found that Apple's iOS and RIM's BlackBerry mobile operating systems were in a statistical dead heat atop the smartphone user pyramid at roughly 27 percent. Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android mobile OS checked in second at 22 percent, well ahead of Windows Mobile (14 percent) and Nokia Symbian (3.4 percent).

RIM released the BlackBerry Storm 2 back in October 2009.

Tablet PC fans are also anxious get their hands on RIM's forthcoming sub-$500 PlayBook which is expected to be available sometime later in the first quarter.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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