The BlackBerry Monaco, also known as the Storm 3 has been widely reported on, and Research In Motion has not yet confirmed its existence at this time. The phone is set to launch in September for Verizon Wireless, according to a number of different reports, and will be the third version of the Unlocked Blackberry Storm series.
The device looks very similar to previous versions of the phone. It will still have the trackpad that was seen on the earlier versions, and will have a touchscreen display, along with a beautiful looking screen. RIM is continuing their efforts to bring the BlackBerry platform back to touchscreen phones. They have had a number of previous touchscreen launches but have never really been able to deliver in the same way that other smart devices have.
The BlackBerry OS is traditionally meant for QWERTY keyboard devices. Transferring users over to a touchscreen device may take a little bit of getting used to. With the upcoming PlayBook just on the horizon, it is clear that the company would like to move a larger portion of their business to touchscreen phones so that they can easily attempt to capture the non-business market.
Specs for the device have not yet been made available, but it is believed to feature a 1.2 GHz processor, and have NFC compatibility which will make it one of the most high powered phone releases to date from Research In Motion. The video that appeared online today pretty much confirms the existence of the phone that has been rumored for quite some time. It will be interesting to see if this forces Research In Motion to acknowledge the phone and release additional information about the specs.
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