In what seems like a deliberate leak, an image and basic description of the BlackBerry London has appeared on the Web. This gives the world the best look yet at what will be the first smartphone running RIM’s next-generation operating system, BlackBerry 10.
The text that accompanies this image promises that the London will be an “Ultimate Communication device” that offers “Exceptional Power & Efficiency”. It describes this model as “elegant, understated, precise, slim” — something that people can judge for themselves by looking at a picture of this upcoming handset (at right).
A New Operating System
The leaked file promises that the BlackBerry 10 OS will offer a “Dramatic shift in UI experience,” basically saying that its new operating system will have a user interface that looks nothing like the current version.
The wide bezel around the screen suggests that this device will employ the off-screen touch gestures that are included with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
RIM is scheduled to unveil the look for BlackBerry 10 at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in late February, but we already know it is going to have a completely different back end. It is based on the QNX OS, rather than the codebase used for all previous smartphones from this company.
No Skimping on Features
The leaked image says that the London is going to have “Rich specification — hardware & software”. It doesn’t give any other details, but RIM has already revealed that all models running its new operating system will have the same screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels. The company’s former CEO Mike Lazaridis also said in December that this device will support 4G LTE networks.
In addition, RIM’s new CEO said recently that his company’s smartphones will be able to run some third-party apps designed for Google’s Android OS. This could significantly increase the amount of software available for this handset.
According to earlier unconfirmed reports, the London will have a 3.7-inch touchscreen, so it won’t be as large as the ones on many high-end Android models. Still, it will be a touch bigger than the iPhone 4S’s display.
Also supposedly on the specs list is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It will include dual cameras: an 8MP shooter on the back and a 2MP one on its front.
RIM says the first model running BlackBerry 10 is scheduled to be released some time in the second half of this year. An unconfirmed report says the BlackBerry London will launch in September.