One of the smartphones that Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion has been long rumored to plan to bring to the market, with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system on board, was the BlackBerry London.
The smartphone has surfaced once again in a leaked document over at Crackberry, offering us a glimpse at what the next generation devices from RIM will have to deliver.
The outer design is completely different than what we’ve seen so far in the mobile phone maker’s lineup.
Featuring a large touchscreen display, the handset also appears to be impressively slim. Overall, it should fit the previous description that suggested it would look like a smaller PlayBook.
Specs-wise, it should be capable to impress as much, starting with the dual-core 1.5GHz application processor that RIM supposedly chose to pack it with.
Apparently, the handset vendor has yet to decide on the chipset, and is currently testing both TI OMAP5 and Qualcomm products.
This could mean that there would be both GSM and CDMA flavors of the handset headed for the market, which is not surprising at all, considering RIM’s track record of launching two flavors of each of its handsets.
Provided that other BlackBerry 10 smartphones arrive on shelves with the same 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, users should benefit from great performance capabilities, that’s for sure.
London is expected to arrive on shelves in the UK, and it should be pushed to other European markets as well. Rumor has is that there will also be two US-bound models, the “Laguna” and “Lisbon”, set to hit the airwaves of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.
Unfortunately, no specific info on when London and its siblings should hit the market has emerged for the time being. Previous reports suggested that RIM won’t have them on shelves before the fall, but the company hasn’t confirmed a release timeframe as of now. All they said was that BlackBerry 10 devices would arrive later this year.