BlackBerry London: the first smartphone running BlackBerry 10?
February 01st, 2012 - 12:34 pm ET by C. D.
The BlackBerry London is possibly the first smartphone running BlackBerry 10. A new picture shows a device with rounded corners which looks a lot like the PlayBook.
Research in Motion is surely looking forward to their future BlackBerry 10 platform and the handsets that will be offered with it. For months now, rumours of a BlackBerry London have been circulating with this being one of the first smartphones to use this version of the OS.
And while the first alleged pictures show a handset which looks like the BlackBerry Porsche P'9981, the finishing put forward by the site CrackBerry states that the first official picture of the BlackBerry London is quite different.
We find a handset with rounded edges and a dark pink look and texture which reminds us of RIM’s tactile PlayBook tablet. The idea that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones (previously referred to as BBX) would look like a miniature PlayBook has already been doing the rounds since the unveiling of the platform.
Improving the BlackBerry’s image CrackBerry nevertheless points out that the image, qualified as legitimate, comes from the hardware which could still evolve before the final release. The new features don’t just end with the aspect, which is different to RIM’s normal releases.
The smartphone could actually be powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 5 dual core processor using ARM’s latest generation Cortex-A15 architecture or a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor (no doubt from the SnapDragon S4 family).
Two other models have also been put forward, the BlackBerry Laguna and Lisbon, apparently aimed specifically at the US market which RIM is hoping to improve the image in faced with the competition from Android and iOS.