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Wednesday, 24 September 2008 06:59

GSM Storm in the future for RIM

Written by David Stellmack

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No flash for the 9530, only the 9500

More details are starting to surface on the BlackBerry Storm in GSM as the first announcements in the U.S. were all oriented around the Verizon release of the Storm, which is CDMA.

While we know at least for the time being that AT&T will not be getting the Storm anytime soon, many are already planning to acquire the Storm and unlock it for use on the AT&T network in the U.S.

As for the specs of the GSM version of the Storm, we are hearing that it will be 7.2mbps HSDPA/UMTS (2100/1900/850MHz) as well as Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz). It will feature 1GB of memory with 192MB of RAM and use a 1400mAhr battery that will yield an estimated 528 hours of battery life in stand-by mode.

The GSM version will use a MicroUSB port for syncing and charging. It also has a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, auto focus, and image stabilization, believe it or not. In addition, it will handle video captures in both the 480x320 and 176x144 resolutions. It will also feature a high-performance GPS that runs at a much faster speed than the GPS that is found in other BlackBerry models.

Perhaps what is the weirdest thing that we were told today by one of our favorite sources on all things BlackBerry is that it will support MicroSD and MicroSDHC in sizes up to 8GB, but the flash upgradeability will only be supported on the 9500 series and not on the 9530, which will offer no flash support. We’re not sure if this is 100% confirmed yet, but we are still asking for our sources to clarify if this is the case or not.

While the first BlackBerry touch screen handset seems to be getting a big push in order to make inroads into the iPhone crowd, we think that AT&T is making a mistake by not trying harder to make sure that they remain the BlackBerry leader. In the past all of the new BlackBerry devices came right to AT&T first, and this time around while it is understandable that they don’t want to cannibalize their iPhone sales, they have a lot of BlackBerry fans that are understandably upset that they can’t get the BlackBerry from AT&T for use on their GSM network.
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