BlackBerry London surfaces on leaked slide with refreshed lookAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
See that BlackBerry-branded slab up there? That's reportedly the BlackBerry London, an upcoming handset that we first saw pop up back in November. The London in this leaked slide contains a look that's slightly different than the one from last year, though, as it packs an all-black design with corners that are more rounded than the old version. CrackBerry also claims that RIM is testing both Qualcomm and TI-made 1.5GHz dual-core processors for this model. There's no mention of a release date for this BlackBerry 10-powered handset in the report (recent rumors point to September or October), but CrackBerry believes that the London may be headed for the U.K., with two other versions dubbed "Laguna" and "Lisbon" in the works for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon here in the States.
This new version of the London features a look that's quite a bit more reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook than the one in the previous leak, which featured a look that made it seem more like a Porsche Design handset similar to the P'9981. However, a RIM exec claimed last year that the first BlackBerry 10 (then known as BBX) devices would feature the same screen resolution and aspect ratio of the PlayBook, so it's not a surprise that the London may end up looking like a shrunken version of the company's tablet. What do you all make of this version of the London? Do you prefer its new body or do you think the older, more Porsche Design-ified model looks better?