'BlackBerry London' photo claims to show RIM's first BBX OS phone

Posted:
in iPhone edited January 2014
A new photo allegedly shows Research in Motion's next-generation touchscreen BlackBerry device powered by its new BBX operating system.



The purported picture of the "BlackBerry London" was sent to The Verge, and shows a radical departure from previous RIM devices. The handset is shown with just a touchscreen and no buttons, and lacks the keyboard that has long been a defining feature of many phones in the BlackBerry lineup.



The BBX-powered London shown will allegedly become available in June 2012. The handset is claimed to feature a TI OMAP dual-Core CPU clocked at 1.5Ghz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.



The person who sent the shot claimed that the London is thinner than Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and is about the same size as a Samsung Galaxy S II. The person also said that the London can be stood up on one of its sides.



"We're told that RIM is also showing off two lower-end devices, as well as the next version of the Torch, which is said to be 'very thin' with a 3.7-inch display and slide-out keyboard," Joshua Topolsky wrote.



RIM's BBX operating system has been long awaited on the company's smartphones since the company bought QNX, which currently powers the BlackBerry PlayBook. The debut of QNX-powered devices, expected in 2012, could prove to be a final shot at redemption for the company, which has been hit hard by the success of Apple's iPhone and devices running Google Android.







In October, market data from comScore showed that RIM's share of the U.S. smartphone market fell 5 percent from May to August of 2011. RIM's losses were by far the largest of any smartphone platform in America, as the BlackBerry slid to take a 19.7 percent total share.



The company's struggles have even gone beyond sales, as RIM has seen a number of service outages across the world in recent weeks. Even Google announced that it would no longer support its native Gmail application written for BlackBerry devices.
«134

Comments

  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,991member
    I wish the images inline with the story would be posted here, too. Particularly when the story isn't up on the main site yet…



    HOLY CRAP, that thing looks pretty. Is RIM finally making something to prevent their bankruptcy?
  • richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
    Looks great without looking like an iPhone clone. Can't wait to try one.
  • adonissmuadonissmu Posts: 1,723member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RichL View Post


    Looks great without looking like an iPhone clone. Can't wait to try one.



    It does look promising.
  • lagunasollagunasol Posts: 6member
    Hmm, where have I seen that music icon before???
  • rdjlexkyrdjlexky Posts: 48member
    Looks slick - too bad they've been left behind.
  • solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    It has the look of a low-budget Sci-Fi movie prop so it does have a "neat" factor but there are too many oddities about the HW and SW design that tells me something is very off about the whole thing.



    On top of that, isn't the TI OMAP dual-Core CPU based on Cortex-A9, which is a current design that will be a year outdated by the time this BB is rumoured to appear next Summer?



    What about the paltry 1GB RAM. That would be great for the iPad, but what I've seen on the PlayBook and their ability to accurately multitask 1GB is still going to bring this device down to a crawl with only a handful of apps open. I hope RiM is working on a more intelligent multitasking method.
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,991member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LagunaSol View Post


    Hmm, where have I seen that music icon before???



    Holy crap, they want to be sued, don't they? Maybe RIM WANTS to be bankrupted.
  • fecklesstechguyfecklesstechguy Posts: 501member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LagunaSol View Post


    Hmm, where have I seen that music icon before???



    Those controls have been on physical devices LONG before they transitioned to virtual controls on mobile devices. Don't fault them for going with a widely accepted and logical control set.
  • morkymorky Posts: 164member
    Looks like a phone with an LCD touch screen. Look out world.
  • fecklesstechguyfecklesstechguy Posts: 501member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    I wish the images inline with the story would be posted here, too. Particularly when the story isn't up on the main site yet?



    HOLY CRAP, that thing looks pretty. Is RIM finally making something to prevent their bankruptcy?



    I just hope they did the hard work and made sure that QNX delivers very good performance on their devices. They can't afford to half-ass this stuff much longer.
  • island hermitisland hermit Posts: 6,217member
    At this point if RIM can stop the bleeding then that will be enough for a while. They're still doing quite well overseas.



    Will they remain in the game? I sincerely doubt it but a quality smartphone might keep them on the field a little longer.
  • dgnr8dgnr8 Posts: 196member
    I have the torch, the current top of the line, and it sucks.



    "It has touch screen" which works half ass and is an after thought.



    It feels like "we need to compete with Apple, so throw a touch screen on there".



    It never has felt right, complete, or fluid.



    I got the phone because customers used BB and now they all went to iPhone and Andork so I am left with this piece of junk for a few more months.



    I have been using BB for 4 years, and although my first reaction to this phone is it looks nice with fit and polish, I will not own another BB touch screen.



    BB time has come and gone and I say that as a long time BB user.
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,991member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by fecklesstechguy View Post


    Those controls have been on physical devices LONG before they transitioned to virtual controls on mobile devices. Don't fault them for going with a widely accepted and logical control set.



    Uh… THIS icon. Not the controls.







    They'll be sued into oblivion.



    "But, your honor, Apple doesn't use it anymore! We obviously get to associate our device with the image an entire generation of people think of when they think 'iTunes'!"
  • solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DGNR8 View Post


    I have the torch, the current top of the line, and it sucks.



    "It has touch screen" which works half ass and is an after thought.



    It feels like "we need to compete with Apple, so throw a touch screen on there".



    It never has felt right, complete, or fluid.



    I got the phone because customers used BB and now they all went to iPhone and Andork so I am left with this piece of junk for a few more months.



    I have been using BB for 4 years, and although my first reaction to this phone is it looks nice with fit and polish, I will not own another BB touch screen.



    BB time has come and gone and I say that as a long time BB user.



    There best bet might be to split the company with a rebranding so they can come out with a great product that isn't tarnished by the association of the cellphone-pager product they've been milking for way too long.
  • jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    The person who sent the shot claimed that the London is thinner than Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and is about the same size as a Samsung Galaxy S II. The person also said that the London can be stood up on one of its sides.



    If it's thinner than an iPhone, standing it up on its side probably isn't a good idea.
  • tontontonton Posts: 14,063member
    Of course, Tallest beat me to it...
  • paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,084member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    HOLY CRAP, that thing looks pretty.



    I hope you are joking. That think looks like a sci-fi prop from the early 80's. I guess in that sense it has a certain retro cache, but pretty? DeLoreanesque, me thinks. Nice for its time and very retro cool, but hardly pretty.
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,991member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paxman View Post


    That think looks like a sci-fi prop from the early 80's.



    Indeed, which is PRETTY compared to what they've been doing.



    Quote:

    DeLoreanesque, me thinks.



    And another reason I like it. Never gonna get one (of these phones. Might get a DeLorean), but it's nice to know they have someone there relatively creative.



    Now we just have to wait for this thing to never see the light of day, like the Courier, and have RIM spiral downward because of it.
  • steven n.steven n. Posts: 822member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    HOLY CRAP, that thing looks pretty. Is RIM finally making something to prevent their bankruptcy?



    I agree. Nice look to it. Masculine lines to the iPhone's more feminine lines.
  • tontontonton Posts: 14,063member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paxman View Post


    I hope you are joking. That think looks like a sci-fi prop from the early 80's. I guess in that sense it has a certain retro cache, but pretty? DeLoreanesque, me thinks. Nice for its time and very retro cool, but hardly pretty.



    Looks like the phone the Daleks would use. Or the Death Probe from the Six Million Dollar Man... lol.



    But I agree... looks nice. Steven N's comment was right on.
Sign In or Register to comment.