While the BlackBerry Storm 2 brought some cosmetic changes to the original Storm, the Storm 3 may not be so lucky. Engadget has received a leaked photo of a training slide of the Storm 3, and the tipster says the hardware is largely the same as the Storm 2. The new model will feature changes to accommodate the new BlackBerry OS 6 including double the RAM of the previous Storm, now up to 512 MB, a 5 megapixel camera, and 802.11n WiFi. A 3G mobile hotspot option is slated as "coming soon," as well. The Storm 3 is set for a possible holiday release along with the Curve 3, says Engadget's tipster, and we can see that in the slide a "___ember" month is listed for the Storm 3. If only that person wasn't standing right in the way of the release date in the photo.
While the Storm line of BlackBerrys may not be the favorite of some hardcore 'Berry fans, they do well with consumers that want the BlackBerry experience on a large, touchscreen device. It's pretty disappointing that Research In Motion won't be refreshing the look of the Storm with the newest model, but I guess there are only so many ways you can change the look of a phone with a clicky touchscreen and no physical keyboard. Maybe RIM should consult Motorola for some crazy new designs?