BlackBerry London is the codename for next generation BlackBerry featuring a brand new BlackBerry 10 OS. It is a part of BlackBerry L-Series portfolio. BlackBerry London was first seen back in August last year and it took RIM nearly 18 months to develop and finally set a date for official launch on January 30 2013. RIM is going through a transition phase and there Blackberry 7 devices ( Blackberry 9900, Blackberry 9810 and Blackberry 9850 were released last year to bring BlackBerry to competing level in smartphone market. BlackBerry 10 is the future of BlackBerry and will integrate both smartphone and PlayBook tablet seamlessly. After the positive reviews for PlayBook OS, it really looks like QNX has a bright future in BlackBerry platform. BlackBerry 10 will bring new interface and features to BlackBerry platform. BlackBerry London will feature a 4.2-inch HD display with the resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. It will be powered by 1.5GHz dual core processor and 2GB RAM. For multimedia, BlackBerry London will feature a 8 Mega Pixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p videos and a front facing 2 Mega Pixel camera for video calls. The camera comes with a new feature called Time Shift. It captures a few seconds on either side of the actual picture and give users an option to select the right moment.
For connectivity, BlackBerry London will support Bluetooth 3.0, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC technology and LTE mobile connections. For storage it will come with a 16GB internal memory. BlackBerry London will come pre-installed with RIM’s next generation BlackBerry 10 OS. There is no further information available on the handset.
BlackBerry London will be officially launched on January 30 alongside BlackBerry Nevada and both will be available during Q1 of 2013. For more details, check out the new video review of BlackBerry London which was leaked ahead of the official launch. BlackBerry London will directly compete against other flagship smartphones like Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X+, HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920.
Overall, BlackBerry London is impressive in terms of hardware and design. It looks refresh and feels new in comparison to any iOS or Android devices. RIM has bet all its future on QNX and 2013 will be either make or break time for struggling canadian company. It has to perfect a product launch this time to bring back old glory days. It has to perfect a product launch and this can bring back old glory days. Stay tuned for more updates or follow @harrym20 on Twitter.
Update : BlackBerry officially launched its next flagship smartphone as BlackBerry Z10. The first BlackBerry 10 devices are now available to purchase in UK and Canada.