Research In Motion (RIM), over the past few months, has done a fairly good job of keeping its upcoming handsets under wraps. There have been hardly any leaks in terms of the way its new handsets are designed. However, it appears that a certain BlackBerry representative in Mexico was not aware of the code of secrecy, and while demonstrating the workings of an upcoming L-series handset he inadvertently revealed what Research in Motion’s upcoming handset would look like, to a site called Holla Telcel.
As per a report by CNET, “Someone forgot to tell a BlackBerry rep in Mexico that the company's newest L-Series phone is supposed to be a secret. The rep demoed the phone to Mexican site Hola Telcel, which posted a video online. During the clip, the rep shows off features of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system like the ability to virtually “rewind” a photo taken with the device to settle on an expression you most prefer.”
A glimpse of what is expected
This is not the first time an L-series handset has been leaked. As per an earlier report, RIM has been very 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, 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.
However, this is only a leaked specifications sheet, and is probably nowhere close to what BlackBerry has in store for us.
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
The past two years have been especially bad for RIM what with the massively popular Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhone eating up much of its market share. However, the Canadian company is trying to make a comeback with its new operating system, BB 10, and last week delivered stronger than expected quarterly results.
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