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    Exclusive: This Is What The New BBX Smartphone Should Really Look Like


    Since the BBX OS was first announced at Devcon Americas back in Oct there has been a lot of hype as to what the new design of the BBX Superphone will look like. So far there has been two possible codenamed devices, the London and Colt, but nothing as far as a visual until last week when a picture of the BlackBerry London was leaked online. Keep in mind that this picture has not been confirmed by RIM, yet there have been a few sites claiming that their own "unconfirmed" sources have "confirmed" the picture as legit... figure that one out. But does the recently leaked picture of the London really depict what we have heard about the upcoming BBX device so far, and how it will look? I happen to believe the BBX-like phone design in the above pic will be closer to the final product, and here is why...

    Alec Saunders, RIM’s vice president of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development, went on the record with PCMag.com and told them, "Look, if you build [an app] for the PlayBook, then it will run on BBX. We have maintained aspect ratios, BBX also has the ability to upload multiple dimension graphics … [and the standard resolutions] are the same as PlayBook."

    Ok, well maybe the resolution of the device in the leaked London photo may be the same as the PlayBook, but what about the design? "Got Bezel" anyone? That's right, perhaps RIM should change the codename to the "Surfboard," instead of the "London," as I could Hang Ten on the Humunga Kowabunga from Down Unda on that device. And while many people are split as to whether they approve or not, I'm hoping that RIM will ease back on the oblong look and opt for a more sleekish and practical device style as seen in the recently leaked Enterprising Minds videos. All we really want in the end for a full touchscreen device is more screen real estate and a better OS, right?

    Another reason to be skeptical of the leaked picture is because back in January RIM CEO, Mike Lazaridis, when asked about what the then unnamed QNX-based phone OS would look like, he held up a PlayBook and said, "like this." I can't imagine when Lazaridis was thinking about a device to be modeled after the PlayBook, that his inspiration was the long-board.

    As I come down off of this rant, as much as I would hate to admit, I can't help to think that perhaps there is some truth to the leaked photo. I could even see an entire lineup of prototypes created by RIM as they try and innovate away from the classic BlackBerry Bold style look. Maybe there is another prototype that lays hidden within RIM headquarters that is based upon the leaked BB London photo and the device seen in the Enterprising Minds video, and if they ever got married they could make a beautiful baby (see below)...




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    Anything is possible, but it would be a shame to have the device look ugly like the middle picture. However, I am willing to look past that if the OS is great.
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    anooooother iPhone?
    Oh come on

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    Quote Originally Posted by katarax View Post
    anooooother iPhone?
    Oh come on
    I hope not.

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    we want KEYBOARD !!!
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    I enjoy the final "outcome" of the device. I believe that it will be close to this design only because there seems to be a large demand for full screen/larger screen size.
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    There is definitely a huge demand for a big touchscreen device in the BlackBerry world but along with that also lies the fact that one of the main reasons BlackBerry is still alive is the wonderful keyboard. So in essence RIM needs to make BOTH a large touchscreen device and a brilliant dual core qwerty device as well.
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    So then RIM needs to "leak" a "Bold" like device as well.
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    I wonder if RIM will use the landscape resolution 1024 x 600 for a keyboard device? I image this would be easiest so games, ect would not need to be designed to another resolution to work.
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    Must.. Have.. Keyboard...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robyntheginger View Post
    Must.. Have.. Keyboard...!
    I could see RIM only doing slide-out keyboards to keep the resolution size the same.

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    More chances to break another phone.. Yay. Not. I need a solid phone! I trip on flat, stable surfaces. I break electronics by just looking at them the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robyntheginger View Post
    I break electronics by just looking at them the wrong way.
    Funny, that happens to me when I look at mirrors??

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    I love this mockup!
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    I like yours better than the other two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeOWaterloo View Post
    I like yours better than the other two!
    Thanks Mike, you aren't alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moorken View Post
    i"m really convinced the first BBX will not look like an ordinary mini tablet!
    You may be right, what would you like the new BBX device to look like?

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    I like the mockup too.Only time will tell.

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    i love the BB logo on the top left corner its great, the size of the screen is marvelous and the frame is not thick its sized wonderfully. overall i can say its a well planned design and people will like it, but not more than i do LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by stunnar View Post
    i love the BB logo on the top left corner its great, the size of the screen is marvelous and the frame is not thick its sized wonderfully. overall i can say its a well planned design and people will like it, but not more than i do LOL
    Haha, thanks man. This was a fun mockup to make.

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