The Storm line has been BlackBerry’s only move away from full QWERTY keyboards for a touchscreen, and while the second incarnation has received better reviews, the SureTouch clickable interface has not been to everyone’s taste.
Perhaps it’s for this reason that the BlackBerry 3 is being touted by analysts as “a cross between the Storm 2 and one of RIM’s non-touch QWERTY devices”.
Rumours are also swirling that BlackBerry plans to improve its web browser in the Storm 3, and may even open the device up to third party browsers as well.
If true, a sliding Storm 3 would match up with details from the BlackBerry 2009 road map leaked in December last year. In it was a “Storm Slider” pencilled in for the end of this year, describing it as “an unconfirmed slider, targeting European users, possibly 3G and WiFi”.
As you’d expect, BlackBerry has kept schtum on these rumours, but we’d expect we can expect to hear news on the Storm’s predecessor at some point in the new year.
What would you want from the next Storm? Check out our hands on snaps and first impressions of the Storm 2 and let us know what you think it’s missing below.