BlackBerry London appears online

Remember a few weeks back we told you about the new BBX platform for BlackBerry? Well, the first phone to use it seems to have broken cover, going by the name of the BlackBerry London.

The images and details were provided by The Verge, which claims the phone should be launching in the middle of 2012. Considering there's an Olympics taking place in London around that time, perhaps the name could be some kind of tie-in. It would make some sense. That's just guesswork though – what we do know is the specification of the handset.

The phone is said to be equipped with a TI OMAP dual-core CPU clocked to 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera. In terms of design, it is said to be 'thinner than the iPhone 4' and roughly the same size as a Galaxy S II and as you can see, it does have something of a futuristic look.

The BGR site, usually first up with any BlackBerry leaks, adds that this is the real thing, replacing the BlackBerry Colt, which was originally planned as the next-gen BlackBerry phone and leaked back in August. So if there's a phone ready now, even in prototype form, why the long delay? The honest answer is that no one knows, but the general feeling is that RIM wants to get this right and is no rush to get the phone to market.

So if you fancy it, you've plenty of time to run down a contract.

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