By Anu Passary | Oct 02, 2012 12:05 PM EDT
Canada-based BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is attempting to renew its presence in the hotly-contested smartphone market with the launch of several new devices. RIM intends to releas six BlackBerry devices through 2013, and a recent leak has revealed the specifications of a device dubbed "London" or "RO72."
RIM has not divulged many details regarding its new wave of devices, but the Canadian smartphone maker is reportedly readying devices for its L-Series, N-Series, and R-Series. The new line-up of touchscreen-centric BlackBerry smartphones will run on the new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system.
Web site RapidBerry, which previously reported leaked specifications of the BlackBerry 10 Lisbon and BlackBerry 10 Laguna from the company's L-series line up, disclosed the feature and specification details of the purported high-end L-Series' BlackBerry London smartphone.
In January, leaked marketing information on the device read "London is about changing the game. Hardware & Platform, fused into one polished experience."
The leaked specification sheet suggests that a TI0MAP4 + S-TE M5730 processor will power the BlackBerry London and the device will run on the Superphone/QNX operating system.
Reportedly, the smartphone will sport a 4.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, with a pixel density of 335 pixels per inch (ppi). The pixel count on the touchscreen smartphone tallies with an announcement from RIM. However, the aspect ratio on the leaked specification sheet indicates a 15:9 ratio, instead of 16:9, which calls its authenticity into question.
The BlackBerry London will also feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing one. The rear-facing camera will support autofocus with flash and 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second. The smartphone will have 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage with an expandable memory option, courtesy of the "hot swappable" microSD card slot.
The leak also indicates that the smartphone will measure 5.11 x 2.58 x .35 inches. The smartphone will also support Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, a micro HDMI port, micro USB, and NFC. Additionally, the BlackBerry London will pack in a 1800mAh removable battery.
The smartphone is also expected to sport a "face detect for phone calls" feature and an ambient light sensor. Additionally, unlike the Laguna and Lisbon, which are CDMA and GSM compatible phones, respectively, London is expected to be a world phone.
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