The spec sheet for a hitherto unheard of BlackBerry 10 handset, the Laguna, has leaked online, revealing some of the tech leaps we can expect from Research In Motion (RIM)’s next generation smartphones.
Uncovered by RapidBerry, the Laguna is home to a 4.2-inch HD display with a 1280 x 768 resolution and an impressive 355 pixels per inch (the iPhone 5 has 326 ppi by comparison), a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset (dual-core Snapdragon S4) with 1GB of RAM and an eight-megapixel snapper that shoots in 1080p HD @30fps.
Also on board is 16GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD slot), NFC support, a two-megapixel front-facer for video calling, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and an HDMI out.
More excitingly, perhaps, 4G LTE is supported. This specific version is destined for Verizon in the US and supports the 700MHz spectrum. It is thought the previously leaked BlackBerry London is the international version of the Laguna, so with any luck that too will be 4G-compatible in the UK.
The Canadian smartphone giant has not had the best year, having made its first net loss in eight years in Q1. It has continued to lose market and mind share against the rise of Google’s Android and now faces a new challenger in the form of Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
Despite the doom and gloom, though, analyst forecasts are cautiously optimistic about the newer, humbler phone-maker’s prospects of turning things around, having deposed its founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie as co-CEOs in favour of new boss Thorsten Heins.
“The new management team [at RIM] is executing [its goals] by maintaining the BlackBerry subscriber base, managing costs and cash and seemingly readying an early 2013 BB10 global platform launch,” said Thompson Research in a note to investors.
Alas, RIM has already said there won’t be any BlackBerry 10 smartphones released this year. The first handsets running the revamped QNX operating system are expected to land sometime in early 2013, possibly in January.
Source: RapidBerry via Omio