Rumors and Releases on Much-Anticipated Cell Phones

Blackberry Storm for Verizon

Some really exciting news in the cell phone world coming out now, including updates on some phones that are really revolutionizing not only their brands but what we expect from a cell phone. News about the Samsung Omnia, Blackberry Thunder/Storm, Blackberry Pearl Flip, and the most anticipated- HTC Dream running Google’s Android is all here.Take a look.

Blackberry Thunder/Storm

This is arguably the biggest news. This new phone (now called the Blackberry Storm for Verizon) is Blackberry’s first-ever touchscreen phone! It just got official from Verizon and Blackberry today, but it looks to offer a lot of nice features:

  • Verizon 3G
  • New “click” interface and keyboard
  • All-touchscreen phone with a “high resolution” screen
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • “real” web browser
  • Verizon’s Visual Voicemail

Rumor is, according to the Boy Genius Report, that this will come in the first 2 weeks of November and will also be a Verizon exclusive (sorry Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T users 😦 ).

The Blackberry Storm. Pic from PC World.com

Samsung Omnia

Rumored to be coming to AT&T on October 7 (yes less than a month away), under a new name — Mirage (don’t ask us why the change in name happened; we’re as lost as you are 🙂 ). A recap on the incredible features for this new phone:

  • 3G
  • GPS
  • all touchscreen
  • 3.2 inch screen– look out iPhone
  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • AT&T Mobile TV (lets you watch some of AT&T’s live TV service — ESPN, MTV, CNN, NBC etc. — right on your phone)
  • 5 megapixel camera with face detection
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of memory (ala iPhone).

Just a note: These are only rumored features. Built-in 8 or 16 GB of memory and 5 megapixel camera are based on the specs from the European Omnia, and may very well disappear along with other features from the final AT&T Mirage version.

Samsung Omnia/ Mirage

Blackberry Pearl Flip

Fan of the Blackberry Pearl, but wish it was in a flip phone version? T-Mobile has you covered. They will soon be launching the first-ever flip Blackberry– the Blackberry Pearl Flip. This phone has standard flip phone features like an outside color screen, but adds some nice other features like:

  • Updated Interface
  • Blackberry Pearl’s “SureType” keyboard with Trackball
  • Wi-Fi
  • T-Mobile Fave 5’s
  • 2 megapixel camera with flash
  • “real” web browser!

Expect this to drop soon for what is rumored to cost $49.99 (this is a rumor, though we hope it sticks — $50 for this type of phone would be AWESOME!!!). In the meantime, check out the “Coming Soon” pages at T-Mobile and Blackberry.com with even more info and pics of the phone.

The New Blackberry Pearl Flip (Pic from T-Mobile)

HTC Dream

The least information is known about this one, though we know its officially from T-Mobile and Google! Yup. Next Tuesday the 23rd, Google and T-Mobile will be holding an event for the Dream, and reveal everything. We do know it’s got:

  • New Google Android OS (rumored to rival the iPhone)
  • T-Mobile 3G (where available of course; T-Mobile just started rolling this out)
  • Touchscreen with Sidekick-like build
  • Wi-Fi.

We will know more next Tuesday and will of course keep you updated.

T-Mobile/ Google Event Invite (notice 3G logo at the top). Pic from Boy Genius Report

Is this exciting or what? Any of these phone catch your eye — particularly the two new Blackberry models? Pop in a comment to share your sentiments.

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Posted on September 16, 2008, in Cell Phones, Rumors and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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