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BlackBerry Storm 2 demo'd on web

'Odin' follows 'Thunder'

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A video has appeared online in which a second-generation Blackberry Storm is apparently demonstrated.

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Research in Motion (Rim) has already confirmed plans for a Storm 2. The model shown in the video is numbered the 9550 and codenamed 'Odin'.

The Storm was codenamed 'Thunder' - or possibly 'Thor', maintaining the Viking pantheonic theme - and was model number 9500.

While the demo'd 9550 is a pre-production sample, the video states that the final model will sport Wi-Fi connectivity, a feature lacking on the original Storm.

Rim doesn’t appear to have changed the Storm’s physical design much between the two generations, but the video stresses that the 9550 “feels nicer in the hand” and has “better battery door integration”.

The 9550’s glass screen can still be pressed/clicked downwards and only small amounts of light leak from between the display and phone case, which suggests that Rim’s tightened the Storm’s physical shape ever so slightly.

The video’s run-through of the 9550’s technical features also reveals that the prototype runs BlackBerry OS 5.1. A shot of the phone’s memory settings shows that it has 1.8GB of total device memory and support for external memory cards.

Overall, the Blackberry 9550 is “really an evolution of the original Storm”, the video concludes. It’s claimed that the phone will be available towards the end of this year. ®

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