Research In Motion (RIM) has announced its first full touchscreen device and answer to the iPhone, the BlackBerry Storm.
The handset will be available within the next month exclusively with Vodafone in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand and Verizon in the US.
Featuring a ‘clickable’ touch screen and 3.2 megapixel camera, the Storm is the latest BlackBerry handset aimed at gaining ground in the consumer market.
RIM president Mike Lazardis said: “The BlackBerry Storm is a revolutionary touch-screen smartphone that meets both the communications and multimedia needs of customers and solves the longstanding problem associated with typing on traditional touch-screens. Consumers and business customers alike will appreciate this unique combination of a large and vibrant screen with a truly tactile touch interface.”
According to RIM, the touchscreen depresses and responds with a click giving the user an intuitive experience when typing removing the problem of an unresponsive input method.
The Storm also features GPS and DataViz Documents to Go software which allows users to edit Microsoft Office documents on the handset.
“We are delighted to bring the power of the BlackBerry Storm, purpose built for Vodafone, directly into the hands of consumer and business customers,” said Vodafone global chief marketing officer Frank H Rovekamp. “With its unique clickable touch screen, giving access to all the desirable multi-media features and services such as browsing, music and video, turn by turn satellite navigation, messaging and social networking the BlackBerry Storm is being brought by Vodafone into the consumer world.”