Big day for BlackBerry. Earlier we heard about the Curve 9380 and Bold 9790 hitting the big time, along with BBM Music. And now this, our first glimpse of the BlackBerry London.
And while BB phones tend not to inspire wanton desires in the same way that Android and iPhone handsets do, this one's a bit different, and it's all set to be RIM's flagship release of 2012, complete with the new BBX platform.
Design-wise, the picture surfaced by The Verge shows nothing less than a radical shift from anything we've seen before from RIM. The all-over, demure business black has been replaced by what looks like brushed metal, with the usual BlackBerry curves making way for a far bolder, angular look.
And it's equally intriguing when you look past the design and get into the specs. If the rumours are to be believed, we're talking a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP CPU, along with 1GB of ram, 16GB storage and an 8MP camera. We're sold already.
But with the good news comes the bad: talk is that the London is only likely to land sometime in Q3 of next year. Let's hope it's not too little too late to turn RIM's fortunes around.