New touch-enabled BlackBerry unveiled

16 October 2009 — 9:54 AM

The old storm was a Vodafone exclusive

Consumers recycling mobile phones for a new touchscreen device just saw their choice get a little tougher.

It was revealed this week after months of speculation that Research In Motion (RIM) would follow up its first foray into the market with the BlackBerry Storm2.

The device will at first be exclusive to the Vodafone network and it was advised buyers in the UK can expect the device to be made available in time for Christmas.

RIM also explained that it had equipped the Storm2 smartphone with a host of features that build on its predecessor including a new facility entitled SurePress - which is designed to offer a more tactile touchscreen.

"The new system responds equally to gentle pressure applied anywhere on the surface of the screen and makes clicking the display practically effortless," the firm said.

In addition, the new BlackBerry has a 3.25-inch display, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a memory capacity of up to 32 GB with a microSD card and a 3.5 mm headphone socket.

The previous Storm phone was a Vodafone network exclusive.

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