BlackBerry Storm 2, the successor of BlackBerry Storm, will be launched via Vodafone UK and Verizon, as expected.The BlackBerry Storm 2 will be known as BlackBerry Storm 9520 on Vodafone UK and the BlackBerry Storm 9550 on Verizon.
Vodafone UK will launch the BlackBerry Storm 9520 in October 2009.
Verizon will launch the BlackBerry Storm 9550 one month later, in November 2009, presumably to keep time aside to conduct further technical tests and fix as many bugs as possible before the phone is launched.
Crackberry has said that the pre-release model of the Storm 2 doesn’t feature a drastic change on the software side from that of its predecessor.
BlackBerry OS 5.1 is still the operating system being used, which might suggest that it could have the slow accelerometer which was a big problem with the Storm 1; but again this is just the pre-release model and these glitches are likely to be ironed out before the launch.
It is likely the BlackBerry Storm 9520 and BlackBerry Storm 9550 will be equipped with Wi-Fi.
As far as the hardware is concerned, the end, call, menu and back buttons (the 4 conventional BlackBerry buttons) are no longer separate but exist on the multi-touch screen interface.
The BlackBerry Storm 2 appears to be thinner and has a classier dark metal finish, in comparison to its predecessor, in the photographs that are doing the rounds on the internet.
The BlackBerry 9550 is said to feature CDMA 1xRTT/EVDO Rev. A, Quad-band GSM/EDGE, 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a 480 x 360 resolution capacitive touchscreen.
Another report says that like the BlackBerry Storm 1, the BlackBerry Storm 9520 and BlackBerry 9550 will also come with the SurePress typing method where the BlackBerry Storm’s display screen is designed as one big button to create the feel of keyboard buttons.