By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 01, 2012 12:48 PM EDT
Struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is betting on the success of BlackBerry 10, but the company has been quite secretive about its new line of devices. However, specifications for a new device have now surfaced.
A specification sheet for one of RIM's upcoming BB10 smartphones, an L-series touch-only device codenamed Laguna, has just been leaked, listing the device for Verizon. While this specification sheet is not official, it suggests that RIM is on track to launch its BB10 platform in the first quarter of 2013. According to the leaked sheet, which was first reported by RapidBerry, the Laguna device seems to be a CDMA version of the BlackBerry London. The latter has also been leaked and featured on Vimeo, but the video has already been pulled off the site.
Laguna will reportedly pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 Krait processor, along with 1GB of RAM. The handset will sport a 4.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels at a density of 335 pixels per inch (ppi), and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The BlackBerry Laguna will also pack 16GB of built-in storage expandable via micro SD, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second (fps), and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
Other features include Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity, Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, micro HDMI port, micro USB, and NFC support. The Laguna will be powered by a 1,800mAh removable battery and will be 130mm tall, 65mm wide and 9mm thick. Meanwhile, a feature listed as "face detect for phone calls" seems to be a possible response to Apple's FaceTime video calls feature, but it is too early to tell at this point. These leaks are unofficial and unconfirmed, and should be treated accordingly.
The BlackBerry Laguna will reportedly be heading to Verizon, heralding RIM's new BlackBerry 10 era. The Canadian company recently lost significant ground and fell far behind its competitors in an increasingly crowded smartphone market, and the new BB10 platform and smartphones are crucial for RIM's survival. After several delays, BB10 is now set to arrive in early 2013.
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