The Heavily Leaked BlackBerry Storm 2 Gets Unofficially Officially AnnouncedS

Well, everyone knew it was coming, thanks to heavy and repeated leaks, but Walt Mossberg just unofficially officially published a little hands-on preview, with an official photo, of the device. So what didn't we know?

In a phrase, not much. Mossberg likes the Storm 2 much more than the maligned Storm, that's for sure, but we don't have too much new insight. Looks like the Storm 2 fixes some of the more glaring flaws of its predecessor: Wi-Fi and a full QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode are two features we're glad to see confirmed. Looks like we've also got confirmation that the Storm 2 does away with the tactile clicky keyboard as well, instead providing some kind haptic feedback that should confirm a touch selection, a technique that's been used (in various forms) by companies like LG and Samsung for years. But this is RIM's first BlackBerry with the feature, and hopefully it's easier to use than the Storm's clickscreen.

Mossberg also hints at the device's launch date and price:

Verizon hasn't set a launch date or price for the Storm2, but it's likely to appear in November at around $200.

....which, of course, was pretty obvious. Walt actually says the Storm 2 "worked well" in his preview, which is something not said by too many about the original Storm, but we'll have to wait until we can play with it ourselves to be sure. [WSJ]