Video of BlackBerry Storm 3 aka Monaco surfaces

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 6:45 by Tech Correspondent

BlackBerry Storm 3, also known as BlackBerry Monaco, has surfaced in a YouTube video. The phone is expected to come to Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile in the United States around September this year.

BlackBerry Storm 3 tech specs

The Storm 3 is a touchscreen phone without a physical QWERTY keyboard, though it does have an optical trackpad similar to the kind that BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch have.

According to hearsay, the new BlackBerry phone has a 3.7-inch WVGA or 800 x 480 pixel display. BlackBerry Monaco is powered by a 1GHz or 1.2GHz processor. Related: BlackBerry Storm 3 photo leaked

BlackBerry Storm 3 uses Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, and GPS networks and can work as a mobile hotspot or Wi-Fi router too. The Storm 3 is Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR enabled. It has a 5-megapixel camera that can capture 720p video. BlackBerry Storm 3 has 768MB or 512MB of RAM, either 4GB or 8GB of internal eMMC memory, a micro SD slot and a mini USB port.

The YouTube video, which was brief, didn’t show off any NFC capability, though we wonder how many people who want their e-mails encrypted would opt to have all their financial transactions monitored. Suggested read: Google NFC service debut

NFC attempts to negate the possibility of soft negotiations where money is concerned and it is merely an attempt by mobile companies to take away the credit card vendor’s market, besides enabling small value electronic payments as well. It is backed wholeheartedly by authorities because they’d like to monitor all financial transactions so that they can charge duty wherever possible. Also see: BlackBerry Storm 3 on Best Buy

What, one might well ask, does NFC do for the consumer? Even if BlackBerry Storm 3 doesn’t support NFC, it doesn’t lose much. However, since it is highly likely that some people buy BlackBerry phones because of a perceived sense of self importance rather than any concern for privacy, it’s likely that my reasoning is wrong, and that NFC will grow to be a popular feature of RIM’s devices. Also see: BlackBerry Storm in India

BlackBerry Storm 3 seemed to work faster than earlier BlackBerry touch devices, but whether the BlackBerry OS is optimal for touchscreen devices at all remains a question. Storm uses version 6 the operating system. The phone uses a magnetometer, proximity sensor and accelerator. It has a 1230mAh battery.

BlackBerry Bold Touch

Recently, details of BlackBerry Bold Touch were revealed as well. The phone is similar in form to Bold 9000. It is codenamed Montana, has a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with 640 x 480 pixel resolution; a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot and NFC capabilities. BlackBerry Bold Touch uses an optical trackpad and full QWERTY keyboard.