Big ups to our pals at CrackBerry, as they unearthed what looks to be an official image of the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone: Say hello to the London.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the London but this image does look more complete than the prototype models which appeared late last year. Blake says the full-touch device kind of looks like a Motorola phone and I think it kind of looks like any full touchscreen smartphone that’s been released in the last two years.
Still, the slide does say a lot of things that we’ve all wanted from Research In Motion smartphones: better UI, exceptional communication, strong content and apps, and powerful hardware. I did really like RIM’s latest batch of smartphones when it comes to design but it’s still not clear if it can truly deliver on that great software experience we expect. It’s also not clear if it will retain the “London” name, as that may just be the internal prototype name.
With a new CEO, I still believe there’s a chance that RIM can turn it around. Unfortunately, we’ve heard that the BlackBerry 10 smartphones won’t land until the later half of 2012, so we may be seeing leaked images for the next eight months or so.