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Snapshot of RIM’s first BBX BlackBerry smartphone emerges

Categories: BlackBerry, Rumors
By: , IntoMobile
Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 11:52 AM

We’ve been waiting some time for our first glimpse of a QNX-powered BlackBerry smartphone, and today we’ve got our wish. This handset is apparently code-named London, and is due for a June 2012 release date. While it’s not suffering in the looks department, there’s a lot of good stuff going on under the hood too: the BlackBerry London reportedly has a dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB local storage, 8 megapixel camera on the back plus 2 megapixel camera on the front. While we don’t have any pictures beyond this one to confirm dimensions, it’s apparently thinner than the iPhone 4, and is about as big as the Samsung Galaxy S II. The BlackBerry London is also consutrcted in a way that it can be stood up on one of its sides, too.

On top of the London, RIM is also supposedly touring two lower-end phones and a next-gen Torch with 3.7-inch display and a slide-out keyboard. Here’s hoping the London isn’t just an alternative design to the uggo Porsche BlackBerry that was announced a few weeks ago. The phone shown here is just a dummy unit, so unfortunately we can’t get any more details on how the software will run, but the PlayBook heritage is very clear. Considering how far away June is, this particular device may see numerous changes before launch, but no doubt we’ll be hearing more before RIM’s big BlackBerry World show in the spring.

[via The Verge]

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