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Possible BlackBerry Storm 3 Specs Revealed: First 4G BlackBerry

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The upcoming BlackBerry Storm 3 is still very much in the rumor department but some specs have been compiled which lead us to believe the Storm 3 has been delayed to get ready for QNX integration. An OS update would make this device pretty sweet, and could do a lot for the Storm brand (which we’ve actually heard is getting dropped). The new specs include:

  • Camera: 5MP, 2592×1944 pixels or 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, fixed focus, dual-LED flash
  • Memory: 8 or 16 GB storage w/ optional expandable to 32GB, 512 MB or 1GB RAM, 1 GB ROM
  • Display:  3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • GPRS: Class 32
  • Optical trackpad
  • Ringtones: MP3, WAV ringtones
  • MP3: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
  • 3G: HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
  • Addons: Wi-Fi, USB, GPS, OS, Video
  • Weight: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
  • Talktime: Up to 432 h (2G) / Up to 480 h (3G)
  • Standby: Up to 9 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)

So what do you think? Again, the specs aren’t going to blow anyone away but coupled with the QNX integration could make for a cool smartphone. One other rumor is that the Storm 3 could be the first 4G BlackBerry, coming early 2011.

More Takeover Rumors: Cisco Could Buy Research in Motion?

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Analysts are all over the place with takeover rumors and the most recent is from a UBS analyst who says RIM could be the target of a takeover by Cisco. According to analyst Phillip Huang, Cisco and RIM have more synergies than with Microsoft, and a takeover could happen if RIM’s stock gets low enough.

“Though we see RIM facing many challenges, we see timing of (the) impact of some as overstated and believe material share devaluation from current levels make RIM a potential M & A (merger and acquisition) target,” Huang wrote in a research note.
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Rumor: Upcoming 4G BlackBerry “Triton” to Feature 5.0MP Front & Back Camera

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Samir Sakpal, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan, claims that the upcoming 4G BlackBerry is codenamed Triton and is expected to offer a 5.0MP front and back facing camera. “The word is that they will have features such as a 5.0 megapixel camera with both front and back imaging, similar to the iPhone 4… for videoconferencing,” he says. According to Sakpal, the BlackBerry Triton is expected to launch in December

A 4G BlackBerry with a front facing camera is not a far-fetched rumor and although Sakpal’s comments should be taken with a grain of salt, you can assume that these devices will be getting faster, better and stronger. One thing we do know, is that RIM is going to ensure that video conferencing is done with the least amount of impact on the carriers’ networks and that security will be a top priority.

(Rumor) Facebook 1.7 for BlackBerry coming early September

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The Facebook app for BlackBerry is rumored to get an official update to version 1.7 as early as in the next couple of weeks.

Some of the features rumored to be in the next release include:

  • The ability to set filters to customize your feeds. This includes only status updates, new pictures etc.
  • Faster page loads.
  • New navigation options.
  • The source of the leak also describes a feature translated as “Possibility of setting time of the news as the target customer for the FB-BB.” Google translator isn’t perfect.

It’s possible this update will coincide with the launch of OS 5.

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Rumor: BlackBerry Curve 8530 from Verizon in black and lavendar

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It turns out we’ll be seeing the BlackBerry 8530 come to Verizon Wireless in black and lavendar. The news/rumor comes from a screenshot sent in to BerryScoop with two BlackBerry 8530 SKUs. While the SKUs aren’t for the actual devices, but for dummy phones rather, it’s still a good indication that we’ll be seeing these colors soon.

What colors would you like to see your BlackBerry in?

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RIM to launch BlackBerry device with front-facing camera?

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When we posted the fairly successful article “BlackBerry features request,” one of the comments asked for a front-facing camera for video conferencing. Not only is a front-facing camera great for video conferencing, but it opens up a world of potential for apps.

Ever tried the YearBookYourself web app? It’s a ton of fun and with a front facing camera – you’ll be able to create your own on the device.

Video conferencing is not only great for consumers, but it’s great for business. While sending an email can open the discussion for a potential sale, video conferencing can show the client you’re giving them your undivided attention and you’re serious about the deal.

While the article from TinyComb doesn’t give any proof, or the name of the RIM executive, the “leak” is interesting from a discussion standpoint.

According to the post, the unnamed RIM executive was asked how RIM would respond to the iPhone having a front-facing camera. He allegedly said “we are fortunate to have our relationships with many different carriers, some of which can handle something like live video-conferencing.” He added, “video conferencing is something that could completely change the mobile landscape and it is something we have been thinking about and working on for quite some time. You will start seeing something early next year”.

Be sure to check out the BlackBerry Features Request article and leave your feedback.

[Via with a hat tip to Simon Sage]