RIM officially announces touchscreen BlackBerry Storm

The new BlackBerry Storm, which is exclusively available from Vodafone in the UK, is described by RIM as the 'world's first clickable' touchscreen smartphone.


Apparently, the touchscreen depresses ever so slightly when the screen is pressed and releases with a single click. The clickable screen contrasts with the haptic response functionality available on other touchscreen devices. According to RIM, the Storm's touchscreen user interface supports single-touch, multi-touch and gestures, which we assume means swipes and strokes of the screen. 


Other features include a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, 1GB of on board memory, 3G connectivity, built in GPS for sat nav and geo-tagging photos and a 3.5mm headset jack. The Storm also comes pre-loaded with DataViz Documents to Go software, so users can edit Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel documents on the go.


The BlackBerry Storm also features an accelerometer which means the screen view switches between landscape and portrait as the user rotates the handset. RIM's SureType keyboard is available in portrait mode, while a full QWERTY keyboard is available in landscape.



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