RIM has been pretty secretive about its new crop of devices that will run on its new operating system BB OS 10, but a specifications sheet of one of its upcoming smartphones, an L-series touchscreen device dubbed Laguna, has just been leaked. The device is supposedly making its way to Verizon, and the specs sheet looks like it is the CDMA version of the BlackBerry London.

According to the leaked sheet, which was first reported by Rapidberry, Laguna will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor and will have 1GB of RAM. The phone will be 130mm tall, 65mm wide and 9mm in depth, and will sport a 4.2-inch capacitive touchscreen at a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels with a very impressive pixel density of 335ppi and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Aside from standard features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, the device will purportedly have NFC and will be powered by an 1800mAh removable battery.

Do keep in mind that this is a leaked sheet, and is probably nowhere close to what BlackBerry has in store for us, so take it with a pinch of salt.


This specs sheet, if true, could mean the Laguna would be a pretty mean device

Here is a quick look at the leaked specs of the Laguna:

  • 4.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and 335 ppi.
  • LTE, 3G, 2G, EDGE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hot spot, NFC, DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • 8-megapixel Autofocus camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video recording at 30FPS
  • 16GB of in-built storage with a hot-swappable microSD card slot.
  • microUSB port, microHDMI out.

Research in Motion has had a bad couple of years what with the massively popular Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhone eating up much of its market share. However, the Canadian company is looking to make a comeback with its new operating system, BB 10, and last week delivered stronger than expected quarterly results.

RIM is completely overhauling the operating system on its phones with its BB10 release and the new gesture-based user interface. The company is counting on BB10 to arrest a precipitous decline in market share over the past year and longer.

But in the end, the success or failure of the BB10 will hinge by how warmly it's embraced by consumers, many of whom have already switched to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy, especially in North America and Europe.

Test versions of the BB10 have won praise from carriers and developers, but the true test still hinges on RIM's ability to win back market share and the hearts of an ever growing base of touchscreen users.

Even though RIM's aging line-up has lost ground in North America and Europe, the BlackBerry maker managed to top shipment and revenue expectations in its second quarter, thanks largely to strong sales of smartphones in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia.

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