- “The next couple of quarters may be better than we initially thought,” states the research note, “due to the launch of a non-haptic touch Storm 3 (Nov) and PlayBook (late Feb/early Mar). But we maintain our Hold rating as we wait for evidence of not just sell-in strength, but sell-through demand and pull.”
- The Jefferies analysts attribute the “confusion” around cancellation of the device to the existence of three Storm 3 SKUs—a model with haptic touch (the sensation of typing on a keyboard) that the note says has been canceled; a non-haptic touch version “with similar thickness, more memory, and [BlackBerry 6]” that’s likely to come out by the end of November; and a device with a “new iPhone-like form factor, but slimmer,” which, like the PlayBook, may not run BlackBerry 6 but software from QNX.”
The above Quote was of great surprise today (well, for me). I am a HUGE Storm series fan and I have been waiting patiently for an upgraded device that compares to the multitudes of Android and Apple products that are being dumped at our feet these days. I’m falling in love with the trackpad/touch screen combo and the thinner body, and am VERY excited about the QNX software!
Keep in mind that this is NOT a statement from RIM by any means and should not be taken to the heart. It is merely an opinion from an analyst, and should be taken with a grain of salt, so to speak.
Do you think the newest rendition of the Storm series will actually be released according to the above timeline? Let us Nerds know in a comment below.