By Stephen Schenck | June 25, 2012 11:00 AM
The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha has managed to give us an early look at what RIM is working on for the next iteration of its operating system, but we’ve known not to expect a commercial release of that model itself. Instead, we’ve been looking forward to a number of different devices, revealed by name in the Dev Alpha software. A new leak out today gives us a peek at two of these models, including a few hardware details.
The BlackBerry London is one codename we’ve been hearing about for ages, going back to last fall. What we see today is a far cry from the unusual styling first revealed in images of the model, but the general form factor has remained consistent. Here the London is refereed to as the L-series, and it will be a full-touchscreen device. Specs included in this leak give the L-series a 1280 x 768 resolution, with a quite high pixel density of 356ppi; working backwards, that means the display should be about 4.2 inches diagonally. The phone itself will measure 53 millimeters across.
We also get a look here at the N-series, which is supposedly the Nevada that’s been mentioned before. Unlike the L-series, this one would stick with the hardware QWERTY keyboard that’s been such a big part of the BlackBerry experience. As a result, it needs to shrink its screen down a little, moving to an unusual 720 x 720 resolution. Pixel density is a bit lower, too, dropping to 330ppi, which gives us a screen size of 3.1 inches. Initially, at least, look for the N-series to use OLED components for its display.
The L-series should arrive first, possibly as soon as early September. The N-series will follow, coming out sometime around Q1 2013.