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RIM's BlackBerry London  (Source: The Verge)
The smartphone is the BlackBerry London, and will be released in mid-to-late 2012

A photo of a smartphone has caused quite a stir in the tech community, as many believe it may be Research In Motion's next-generation touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone running the new BBX operating system.

The Verge got its hands on the first photo of what is believed to be the BlackBerry London. This smartphone, which is expected to be released mid-2012, is to offer the upcoming BBX operating system, which was announced at the fourth annual BlackBerry Developer Conference in October and is based on QNX.

The BlackBerry London allegedly features a 1.5 GHz Tl OMAP dual-core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage capacity, a 2 MP front-facing camera and an 8 MP rear camera. According to The Verge, the London is the same size as a Galaxy S ll (though it was unclear which one) and is thinner than the iPhone 4.

The photo contains a "dummy" model of the phone, but a BGR source says the model in the picture is indeed real. The London has replaced the BlackBerry Colt, which was the first QNX-based RIM handset that was in-progress, but the Colt was terminated in favor of the London.

While the launch date of the London isn't set in stone, The Verge notes a June 2012 release is in order. BGR, on the other hand, predicts a Q3 2012 release.

Sources: BGR, The Verge

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Too Little Too Late
By matty123 on 11/15/2011 3:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
LOLed at the Q3 2012 release date, the phone looks beautiful and BBX has a lot of potentail ecspecially if it natively runs android apps giving it access to a massive market without the need for new developers but the release date is way to late, if {and I mean if} blackberry isn't bankrupt by that time they will struggle to win back customers who have brought into either the apple, google or possibly windows eco-system. I used to have a blackberry before my iphone and at this point I am almost to invested in the apple platform to move even if I wanted to, also while the specs look good now by the time this phone comes out I would expect far far superior androids and possibly even iphones.

But it's good to see blackberry making a move in the right direction, while blackberry purists may hate the lack of a keyboard after using an iphone this long it doesn't bother me and that's the direction smartphones are moving in anyway.

RE: Too Little Too Late
By jimbojimbo on 11/16/2011 12:16:57 AM , Rating: 2
No kidding. They're planning on mid 2012 so let's say it comes out late summer. By then EVERY phone coming out will be quad cores with much faster processor. I hope those specs aren't what they're planning.

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