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Upcoming BlackBerry London mobile phone leaked

Technology news website The Verge has published an image of the yet to be announced BlackBerry London handset, which is said to be running the BBX operating system.

The Verge

has run with the first-ever photo of the next iteration of BlackBerry devices, which is based on the upcoming BBX operating system with its QNX roots – from the PlayBook tablet.

The site has noted the codenamed BlackBerry ‘London’ is said to be headed for a June 2012 release, where the phone allegedly is equipped with a TI OMAP dual-core CPU clocked to 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter.

Whilst going on to mentioned – ‘ The London is reportedly "thinner than the iPhone 4" and roughly the same size as a Galaxy S II (though [their] source didn't say which S II specifically). Oddly, the source says that the phone can be stood straight up on one of its sides (suggesting more boxiness than can be seen in the picture).

Verge adds: ‘ the phone is running some variation of the PlayBook's operating system, though coloring and icons have definitely been tweaked. For instance, the music app icon looks more like an evolution of the note you see on the PlayBook's version (this time appearing overlaid onto an optical disc). Our source says the phone shown was a "dummy" model, so it's likely the screen is nothing more than a static image.’

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