Bangalore: Research In Motion has announced the launch of BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone with BlackBerry OS 5 in India. The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone significantly improves the BlackBerry touch-screen platform with enhanced technology and new features that allow customers to stay connected to the people, places and things that matter most. It has capacitive touch-screen with integrated functions (Send, End, Menu, Escape) and new SurePress technology that makes clicking the display effortless.
The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone introduces a new SurePress technology based on an electronic system that provides the user with tactile feedback when the touch-screen is pressed. The new system responds equally to gentle pressure applied anywhere on the surface of the screen and makes clicking the display practically effortless. Typing on the smartphone’s virtual keyboards is easier, more comfortable and more accurate. The new SurePress technology also allows the user to type a letter with one thumb even while their other thumb may still be touching or resting on another letter, enabling faster typing and multi-key actions such as Shift or Alt -key combinations.
“Powered with the latest SurePress technology and BlackBerry OS 5, the new BlackBerry Storm2 offers customers a powerful and unique mix of advanced communications and multimedia features in a smoothly designed smartphone that will appeal to both consumers and business professionals,” said Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India, Research In Motion.
Storm2 has large 3.25″ screen and high resolution 360 x 480 display at 184 ppi. Its global connectivity support: UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz), quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) networks. The phone also has 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording. In terms of memory, it has 256 MB of Flash memory, 2 GB of onboard memory storage and a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB cards today and is expected to support 32 GB cards when available.
The phone has various features like background noise suppression technology, loud distortion-free speakerphone and face detection (proximity sensor) that prevents accidental clicks and blanks the screen while the user is on the phone. For entertainment, the phone has Media player for videos, pictures and music, plus BlackBerry Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs, and BlackBerry Media Sync for easily syncing iTunes and Windows Media Player music with the smartphone, along with a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls.
The phone provides a built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geo-tagging. Users also have access to BlackBerry App World, featuring a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more. Applications developed for the original BlackBerry Storm are fully compatible with the BlackBerry Storm2. The ohone has rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time on 3G networks and 280 hours of standby time.
For official use, it has BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server support. Customers running BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 will gain the ability to set follow-up Flags on the handset like they can in Microsoft Office Outlook. User can also manage Microsoft Exchange email folders (Add, Rename, Move, Delete) on the handset and access remote files shares (Windows Shares); Save, View, Edit, and Email documents from remote file shares. Plus, its supports wireless sync improvements for contacts, including sync for multiple contact folders, personal Distribution Lists and contacts in Public/Shared folders.
The BlackBerry Storm2 will be available in the Indian market for Rs. 31,990.