BlackBerry Storm 2

The BlackBerry Storm 2 is the second full touchscreen smartphone developed by Research In Motion.

BlackBerry Storm 2
ManufacturerResearch In Motion Ltd
TypeCandybar smartphone
Release dateOctober 28, 2009 (Verizon)
Operating systemBlackBerry OS 5.0
CPUQualcomm MSM7627
StorageFlash memory:
  • 256 MB application memory
  • 2 GB onboard device memory
microSDHC slot: supports up to 32 GB
Display360 x 480 px, 3.25 in (83 mm), HVGA, 65,536 color LCD
InputMulti-touch touchscreen display with haptic feedback, volume controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer
Camera3.2 megapixel with video, flash, and autofocus
ConnectivityWi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Micro-USB, A-GPS
Quad band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE and Uni band UMTS/HSDPA 2100 MHz
CDMA version (9550) adds: Dual band CDMA2000/EV-DO Rev. A 800 1900 MHz
Power3.7 V 1400 mAh
Internal rechargeable removable lithium-ion battery
Talk time: Up to 300 min (GSM), 330 min (CDMA), or 360 min (UMTS)
Dimensions112.5 mm (4.43 in) (h)
62.2 mm (2.45 in) (w)
13.95 mm (0.549 in) (d)
Mass165 g (5.8 oz)
PredecessorBlackBerry Storm


The BlackBerry Storm 2 is the first and only smartphone in the world to have a full clickable touchscreen powered by its piezoelectric sensors underneath the screen. Unlike the original Storm, the Storm 2 features Wi-Fi as well as a redesigned outer shell.[1][2]

The phone's codename throughout development was "Odin." The model number is 9520 for the GSM/UMTS/HSPA model offered by Vodafone and 9550 for the CDMA/EV-DO and UMTS/HSPA model offered by Verizon. The Storm 2 comes with 2GB of on-board flash memory — 1GB more than the original — and is bundled with a 16GB microSD card (though not by Vodafone).[3] The phone has been a reasonable commercial success.

When comparing the Storm 2 with the original Storm, users find the Storm 2 more user friendly. The new screen allows users to type at a faster pace—it supports multi-touch as introduced on the iPhone and available on Android-based devices.


RIM released specifications on the phone, reporting that 256 MB of RAM is available for applications, doubling that of the original Storm.[4] One major change is that the method of input, SurePress, has been redesigned. Instead of one physical button that lies in the direct center of the screen, the Storm 2 has four piezoelectric sensors located on the four outer corners of the screen that allow for confirmation of input. The screen does not depress when the device is locked or off.[5] It ships with BlackBerry 5.0 OS.[6] The phone's SureType screen, which was heavily criticized on the original Storm, has been revamped and improved.

The Storm 2 also supports OpenGL ES.[7]

SIM lockEdit

The BlackBerry Storm 2 by default is SIM locked in many regions of the world, and can be subsequently unlocked on both the 9520 and 9550 to use on any GSM network if the code is obtained from the respective provider.



  1. ^ Blackberry Storm 2 due in September, has WiFi SlashGear
  2. ^ "Video: BlackBerry Storm 2 gets yet another prerelease review". Engadget. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  3. ^ "Blackberry Storm 2 Specifications". Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  4. ^ "BlackBerry - BlackBerry | Wireless Handheld Devices, Software & Services from Research In Motion (RIM)". Archived from the original on 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  5. ^ "BlackBerry Storm 2 - and its piezoelectric soul - dissected at last". Engadget. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  6. ^ "BlackBerry Storm 2 Caught On Video - Mobile Blog". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  7. ^ Koh, Damian (2009-11-29). "What to expect for BlackBerry smartphones". CNET Asia. Archived from the original on 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  8. ^ "BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 -Bell Mobility". Archived from the original on 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  9. ^ a b "BlackBerry Storm Launches in Malaysia". BlackBerry Sites. 2009-04-06. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  10. ^ "Sasktel to release BlackBerry Storm 2 and Curve 8530 | - BlackBerry News and Reviews". 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2018-11-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "BlackBerry Storm 2 from Verizon Wireless". 2008-08-11. Archived from the original on 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  14. ^ Wray, Richard (2009-10-15). "BlackBerry cuts short Vodafone's Storm 2 exclusive". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
  15. ^ "BlackBerry Storm - Features, specs & reviews - 3 Shop Australia". Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-07-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit