BlackBerry Storm 2 Really Gets Completely Dissected. Doesn't Have a Heart But Shows Off Some Cool Sensors!

BlackBerry Storm 2 Shows Off It's Guts
By Kevin Michaluk on 25 Aug 2009 01:45 pm
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Wow. What a fun few days for all the BlackBerry Storm 2 chasers out there. Since our CrackBerry Podcast last Thursday where we first dropped the notion that some Piezo technology potentially may be implemented within the device, the forums and blogs and youtube have been working overtime to pump out theories of what's actually in there and how it works. Over the weekend, Salomondrin posted up his hands-on video of the Storm where he fully touted the device's use of piezo tech, though the sponge analogy he gave (while easy to grasp) didn't seem quite accurate in terms of actual device usage observations (the glass is still hard). On Sunday I made a post in the forums to try and go back and clarify/layout all of the things that were for sure known/still unknown about the Storm 2's display and yesterday an image popped up to verify that under display are what appear to look like four "buttons" upon which the LCD is attached. Very cool stuff, but we were still at a point of not really knowing what kind of technology was being used (was it actually piezo, something more basic like Storm 1 just executed better, or something altogether different?).

That brings us to today where the fine folks at Engadget just posted several images of a completely ripped apart BlackBerry Storm 9550 to unveil everything that's inside. Their take on it:

... we've got a handful of new pictures showing off that piezoelectronic technology doing its thing. Basically, as we understand it, those four "buttons" which are pictured are more like sensors than buttons. When the device is on, they communicate with the screen and presses on the screen can simulate that familiar "click" that Storm users know all too well. However, when the device is powered off, the screen stays put, as there isn't an actual mechanism to move the screen like there was in the original Storm. 

It'll be interesting to get the official low-down on how all this is working one day, but one thing is for sure, it definitely looks to be taking RIM's SurePress technology to a whole new level. Be sure to jump over to Engadget to see plenty more pics and then continue the Storm 2 display discussion in the CrackBerry Forums.

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24 comments

joryoung

Those sensors appear to have light sensors on them I could be wrong but the zig zag pattern on them typically would represent light sensors.

synwars

Cool, I might actually be interested in getting one!

warhed230

No keyboard, no go for me (might be the exception)

warhed230

No keyboard, no go for me (might be the exception)

storm83

I wish I had now one to dissect. Seems that only insiders get to hold the storm 2. Treat us like hoes why don't you. sick of all the teasers. Just get it out already.

VoltaicShock

Does it have Wi-Fi? That's all I ask, if it has that I plan on getting it.

seerg

This has already been adressed.

VoltaicShock

Thanks! Can you link me to this?

clarkkentsm

i sooo want one anyway!! muhahaha :D

sportboy

It will be interesting to see what processor Rim puts in the S2. I can't imagine the same one from the S1.

joseraulnova

I still dont get how the clicking works lol :(

fillossofer

Courtesy Wikipedia: Piezoelectricity is the ability of some materials (notably crystals and certain ceramics, including bone) to generate an electric potential[1] in response to applied mechanical stress. This may take the form of a separation of electric charge across the crystal lattice. If the material is not short-circuited, the applied charge induces a voltage across the material. The word is derived from the Greek piezo or piezein, which means to squeeze or press.

So the screen may not really move much, if at all (certainly NOTHING like the Storm 1 screen) mounted on these Piezo sensors. When depressed (and I assume sensitivity could be a setting) it would make a click sound...through the speaker?

Sparro

Wholly Crap...
By reading the comments in the blogs it looks like those peeps don't go into the forums where everything they ask has been addressed!!!

leemoreau

It also sounds like people have short term memory. Coming from the Storm 1 I can't see how anyone in their right mind would even ever consider another touch screen device from Rim. The Storm 1 was the biggest piece of junk I've ever purchased, not just small issues but those were major. If you buy this you're insane.

salomondrin

It sounds like you haven't been following all these "stories" and videos about the phone.

This phone is a BEAST. I hated my Storm 1, and still do, but after playing with the Storm 2 for a little bit, I fell in love with it.

blackletter

salomondrin,

I love your YouTube video demonstrations. Please post more for the Storm 2. I know you've posted a few and I can't get enough of them. Great videos man. I wish RIM sent me testers too!

You have a wonderful arsenal of RIM technology at your place. Thanks for sharing it with us RIM geeks!

By the way, did you see the video posted in February of this year of the guy who inserted an iPhone SIM card into his Bold 9000? He was able to get Visual Voice Mail on his Bold WAY before the new OS was officially released yesterday.

arekieh

dont be ignorant, just because the first one sucked the second one must suck as well. i dont know about you but some people actually can learn from their mistakes

joshuastree

and RIM didn't live up to it.

hindustani8

I am going to have to wait till next summer when rim comes out with a blackberry that supports flash and sliverlight. Hopefully, they would have fixed any bug or issues with the new surepress.

joshuastree

I just can't bring myself to get the storm 2 until RIM upgrades the software to a more touch friendly interface and better browser. This new hardware just doesn't do it for me when the click works just fine. Focus your efforts RIM. And NO i don't want an iphone either....unless its on verizon with sms i suppose...

The Jackel

"It also sounds like people have short term memory. Coming from the Storm 1 I can't see how anyone in their right mind would even ever consider another touch screen device from Rim. The Storm 1 was the biggest piece of junk I've ever purchased, not just small issues but those were major. If you buy this you're insane."

How quick we are to judge without even using Strom II. You need to remember that not everyone had the same experiance as you Leemoreau!

Even the iPhone was not as fantastic as people made out when it was first released and look at it now!

Chill Bill...

aerinn.shey

inever played with the storm 1 but i ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY STORM 2..i mean its absolutely amazing!! although now im soo jealous of blackberry 6!! thats so hott. its totally more "in the scene" compared to all of its competitor touchscreens