Crackberry has managed to get their hands on the next generation of BlackBerry's touch-screen device, the Storm 2 (9550). As the video repeated many-a-time, the device showcased is an early pre-release model with "very early software." While it's still perhaps too early to tell, not too much seems to have changed.
Not surprisingly, the screen is still clickable, with BlackBerry's "SurePress" technology. There's still an audible click with each screen press. Interestingly enough, the video shows that the screen is no longer clickable when the device is powered down.
At this point, the Storm is still running BlackBerry OS 5.1, and looks exactly the same as on its predecessor. While it would be difficult to imagine such critical wrinkles won't be ironed out this time around, the device (most notably the accelerometer when switching from portrait to landscape mode) still lags like the first generation Storm.
Reportedly, the Storm 2 will be equipped with WiFi, offering at least one significant incentive to retire your old Storm if you decide to take the BlackBerry touch-screen route once more. Unfortunately, there's no sign of any wish list items such as a trackball/trackpad to augment the touchscreen, touch-to-focus camera, high-quality camcorder, or front-facing camera. But, hey, there's no harm in keeping your fingers crossed that some magic will happen before launch.
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