A Jefferies analyst note recently discussed two upcoming Storm series devices. We have heard rumors that the Storm series will be killed from a marketing perspective, so perhaps these devices will be part of a new line entirely, or perhaps will be given individual names. In any case, it’s a little too early to tell.
The analyst report says we could see the launch of a non-haptic touch “Storm 3″ in late November, followed by the PlayBook which is rumored to launch in late February/early March. The non-haptic touch “Storm 3″ will be similar to the Storm2 refresh we’ve been hearing about which is rumored to be canceled (typical blog story: a rumored device is rumored to be canceled).
There is also a rumored BlackBerry scheduled for the first half of 2011, which has an “iPhone-like form factor, but slimmer” and could be running a QNX OS like the PlayBook. This would coincide with what RIM has said will be a full portfolio transition to the QNX OS, which the Jefferies report says will happen by the 2nd half of 2011.