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BlackBerry London Could be Like Downsized PlayBook

If the product shot obtained by CrackBerry is indeed real, then RIM is about to release its hottest BlackBerry phone yet, or rather, its BlackBery 10 superphone. The glimpse arrives just after RIM's 2012 BlackBerry Roadmap was leaked last week, detailing the release schedule of the BlackBerry Curve 9320 and 9220 in 1Q12, an updated PlayBook in 2Q12, and phones based on BlackBerry 10 (BBX) in 3Q12.

The superphone in question is codenamed BlackBerry "London" and reportedly first appeared back in November 2011 sporting angular edges. As CrackBerry points out, the new slide shows a new form factor similar to the PlayBook tablet, just smaller, featuring the same rounded corners and all-black look.

"While we heard the first photo of London was a legit RIM hardware concept, we've been hearing for an even longer time now that the first QNX-based phone hardware was more like a downsized PlayBook," the site reports. "The plot thickens."

Now for a bit of bad news: BlackBerry London may not ship in the U.S., but rather in the UK, hence the London name. Instead, two similar, additional models -- codenamed "Laguna" and "Lisbon" -- are in development for the States, targeting AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. All three will supposedly be the first smartphones based on RIM's BBX to hit the market.

On the hardware front, details are scarce for the moment. The report mentions that both TI OMAP5 and Qualcomm chipsets are being tested (1.5 GHz dual core processors), the latter used on the devices slated for CDMA networks.

Given that RIM hasn't announced anything official, everything seen here must be filed under "rumor and speculation." Will this be the year RIM makes a full comeback, taking on Android and iOS for your consumer dollar? Time will tell, but you have to admit: the BlackBerry London does look hot.

  • the real mr b
    In before blackberry haters come tr0lling
  • joytech22
    Looks pretty cool. Like the playbook.

    I'm not sure why the playbook failed actually, it had one of the smoothest OS experiences you can find similar to ICS, WP7 and iOS (but on a tablet-like device), will support Android apps soon through an update (very soon!), small and long-lasting battery.

    I mean to me, that makes it a pretty useful device. But everyone on this site has varying opinions.

    Hopefully this device will be similar quality (build and experience-wise) but better recognized.
    Just my 0.02c
  • I will ditch my iphone when this phone is the playbook.
  • smit33
    As a frequent visitor of crackberry, and a true crackberry absuer, this is not what i want to see, but is however, what mainstream America wants to see. Gimme a bb10 phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and i will gladly get rid of my 9900.
  • fuxxnuts
    I wouldnt say i'm a hater of blackberry since i deal with them on a daily basis, but they sure are WAYYYYY behind in terms of platform and hardware compared to apple/android offerings. I mean, when you blackberry evangelists were heralding and protecting the faith, blackberry was still releasing garbage like the bold 9000s, which, took on avg 15 minutes to boot! lol?
  • eddieroolz
    The slides make me laugh, because they're old.
  • aftcomet
    Now we're calling it a "super"phone? What happened to smartphone? Specs seem pretty standard to me. I don't see anything "super" about them....