RIM drops SurePress on BlackBerry Storm 2 – great pics included

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Engadget got their hands on the new BlackBerry Storm 2 codenamed the BlackBerry Odin. The device that they did the hands-on with had the OS locked down so they couldn’t give us a real insight into the software side of the device, or much about the new touchscreen features.

The big news that has been confirmed, is that RIM has abandoned the original Storm’s SurePress click-screen and gone with a traditional fixed capacitive display for the sequel. The new screen is rumored to include haptic feedback as well, but the locked device couldn’t be tested.

In terms of hardware, the device is confirmed to have a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus, a 3.5 mm headset jack, typical USB charger, and rubber soft keys on the sides of the handset. Across the bottom, the Storm’s traditional hard keys have been replaced with four softkeys on the display. The buttons are the standard call, end, back, and a BlackBerry key. The top has both the power and mute keys, just like the original Storm, with the entire device wrapped in plastic and a metal battery cover.

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  • http://twitter.com/ScottHorvath Scott

    Are they going to offer an option to turn off SurePress for existing Storm users? I don’t see why they can’t…it’s a minor technical change and over the air update that can be done. I’ll feel pretty jipped if I have to buy a Storm 2 just to get a new keyboard that functions as true touch screen.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottHorvath Scott

    Are they going to offer an option to turn off SurePress for existing Storm users? I don’t see why they can’t…it’s a minor technical change and over the air update that can be done. I’ll feel pretty jipped if I have to buy a Storm 2 just to get a new keyboard that functions as true touch screen.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottHorvath Scott

    Are they going to offer an option to turn off SurePress for existing Storm users? I don’t see why they can’t…it’s a minor technical change and over the air update that can be done. I’ll feel pretty jipped if I have to buy a Storm 2 just to get a new keyboard that functions as true touch screen.

  • http://ryanfarley.com/ Ryan Farley

    IMO that just sucks. It’s the SurePress that I didn’t like at first, but it has grown to be my favorite part of my Storm. I completely LOVE the SurePress screen now and it drives me crazy to use an iPhone/iTouch where the screen doesn’t click down. I’ll be sad to see it go.

  • http://ryanfarley.com Ryan Farley

    IMO that just sucks. It’s the SurePress that I didn’t like at first, but it has grown to be my favorite part of my Storm. I completely LOVE the SurePress screen now and it drives me crazy to use an iPhone/iTouch where the screen doesn’t click down. I’ll be sad to see it go.

  • Javier

    Can’t believe how much I’ve grown to hate the SurePress, and how I miss the good ol’ BB full keyboard… Should go to the Bold, then? Problem is, having a huge screen is a major plus… I would have loved it, if it had been more like the HTC Dream, with the full screen but also a pop-up keyboard.
    However, getting rid of the clicking, sure is a big thing. Does it justify buying the new device? I don’t think so. Remember when Apple slashed the iPhone price in half soon after it started selling it? If the Storm 2 doesn’t give us MORE, I bet RIM is gonna have some pretty pissed customers as well.

  • Javier

    Can’t believe how much I’ve grown to hate the SurePress, and how I miss the good ol’ BB full keyboard… Should go to the Bold, then? Problem is, having a huge screen is a major plus… I would have loved it, if it had been more like the HTC Dream, with the full screen but also a pop-up keyboard.
    However, getting rid of the clicking, sure is a big thing. Does it justify buying the new device? I don’t think so. Remember when Apple slashed the iPhone price in half soon after it started selling it? If the Storm 2 doesn’t give us MORE, I bet RIM is gonna have some pretty pissed customers as well.

  • Deez

    SurePress is what made the Storm great! The problem wasn’t with the SurePress, but the slow Java UI libraries…. The OS upgrades (.113 & .141) were a huuuuugeee step, but Verizon F***’s up yet again and won’t release them… Their current OS isn;t stable, and most ppl have fewer problems with .141, so why not release it?!? Besides being WiFi enabled, and the new bottom buttons, I don’t think the Storm 2 is much different… We’ll hafto wait for the OS of course…

  • Deez

    SurePress is what made the Storm great! The problem wasn’t with the SurePress, but the slow Java UI libraries…. The OS upgrades (.113 & .141) were a huuuuugeee step, but Verizon F***’s up yet again and won’t release them… Their current OS isn;t stable, and most ppl have fewer problems with .141, so why not release it?!? Besides being WiFi enabled, and the new bottom buttons, I don’t think the Storm 2 is much different… We’ll hafto wait for the OS of course…

  • http://twitter.com/RyanFarley/statuses/1874863720 RyanFarley (Ryan Farley)

    Boo! The SurePress screen is my fav part of my Storm RT @BlackBerryCool: RIM drops SurePress on BlackBerry Storm 2 – http://bit.ly/caPuA

  • http://twitter.com/tennapop/statuses/1875094240 tennapop (Justin Hickl)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: RIM drops SurePress on BlackBerry Storm 2 – great pics included http://bit.ly/caPuA

  • http://twitter.com/gabrimen/statuses/1875196578 gabrimen (Gabriel Mendes)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: RIM drops SurePress on BlackBerry Storm 2 – great pics included http://bit.ly/caPuA [Excellent!]

  • http://twitter.com/Parade_Time/statuses/1875669738 Parade_Time (Dustin Price)

    RIM drops SurePress on BlackBerry Storm 2 – great pics included http://bit.ly/caPuA (via @BlackBerryCool)

  • http://twitter.com/lexreis_rj/statuses/1875859685 lexreis_rj (lexreis_rj)

    RIM abandona tecnologia Sure press ou o click screen no Novo Blackberry Storm.
    Boa not?cia!
    http://bit.ly/caPuA

  • http://twitter.com/lexreis_rj/statuses/1875859685 lexreis_rj (lexreis_rj)

    RIM abandona tecnologia Sure press ou o click screen no Novo Blackberry Storm.
    Boa not?cia!
    http://bit.ly/caPuA

  • http://twitter.com/gmbnard/statuses/1877990920 gmbnard (Nard)

    RIM drops SurePress on BlackBerry Storm 2 – great pics included http://bit.ly/caPuA

  • http://twitter.com/BrianWohlert/statuses/1878330865 BrianWohlert (Brian Wohlert)

    Storm 2? Verizon and Blackberry, why do you tease me? Tour, iPhone, or Storm 2 this summer? http://tinyurl.com/qzm5hx

  • Ben

    RIM better give me a very good reason to give up my Storm. After watching that video I can’t really see why I would spend another $600 to get this storm. They better offer something other than a faster CPU or I will be very happy to wait for the Storm 3.

  • Ben

    RIM better give me a very good reason to give up my Storm. After watching that video I can’t really see why I would spend another $600 to get this storm. They better offer something other than a faster CPU or I will be very happy to wait for the Storm 3.

  • csbrown

    What about adding a track pad or track ball? that’s what I miss the most

  • csbrown

    What about adding a track pad or track ball? that’s what I miss the most