BlackBerry Laguna specs leak, headed to Verizon

BlackBerry Laguna specs leak, headed to Verizon
The U.S. market share of BlackBerry smartphones may have slumped down to the 1% mark, yet RIM isn't ready to wave the white flag just yet. In fact, the company is mobilizing its forces for another push, scheduled for early 2013, and the BlackBerry 10 smartphones are going to lead it. Moreover, we think we know that at least one U.S. carrier that is interested in offering one of these new handsets.

The carrier in question is Verizon, which will get the BlackBerry Laguna (most likely a codename), if this leaked list of hardware specifications is to be believed. And examining the details leads us to believe that the device is pretty similar to the BlackBerry London (also a codename) full touchscreen smartphone, which has been leaked more than once already. The handset offers a 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels, and inside it ticks a Snapdragon S4 chip – the MSM8960, paired with 1GB of RAM. Not bad, RIM, not bad. There is an 8-megapixel camera on its back capable of shooting 1080p video, and a front-facing 2MP cam makes video chats possible. 

BlackBerry Laguna alleged specs

BlackBerry Laguna alleged specs

To no surprise, the BlackBerry Laguna will connect to Verizon's 4G LTE network for blazing fast access to the internet even when on the go. In addition, the handset will be able to act as a 4G mobile hotspot, in case you want to share your data with other Wi-Fi-capable devices. The list of connectivity features also includes NFC, DLNA, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB interface, and HDMI output for hooking up the smartphone to an HDTV. All of this will come enclosed in a 9-millimeter thick body.

But most importantly, the BlackBerry Laguna will run the brand new BlackBerry 10 platform, which RIM is trying to draw developers' attention to by any means necessary. And if everything goes as planned, perhaps the 'Berries might get up on their feet and even become the #3 player on the U.S. smartphone market. Whether that will ever happen, however, is something that only time will tell. 

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15 Comments

1. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Not a bad device.. if it was coming out this year.

6. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

by the time this comes out the s4 chip will have aged (gracefully). Rim has to offer killer hardware specs like Optimus G because lets face it whether we like RIM or not, their BB10 OS cant be considered their selling point as it has not proven itself

12. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

That is not completely true as even if it came out early 2013, anyone with a midrange smartphone (which I think is the segment they are aiming for) will be moving on from the lower end chips to S4s. It is the standard chip and will have the most marketshare for some time (maybe until summer of next year). It will make it a very capable device.

13. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Doing a trend analysis on RIM and BB devices, they never go for midrange segment, they have always fancied themselves as elite and only for corporates. You are right this model is befitting for midrange but when this comes out I am almost certain it will have premium pricing which will again shoot them in their own foot! However if they can make the pricing reasonable (which i highly doubt as this is thei comeback phone) then yes they might have a chance! But time is of the escence...early 2013 is a no-no, its gotta come in 2012 or needs to be upgraded for 2013.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

The big question is, can this blackberry laguna bring rim back into the game?

3. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

personally I don't think it will. they have to get through the Windows phones, Androids and iphone 5. and it's very hard

4. Marcus_h

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Slim and a removable battery. If these specs are real, nice!

5. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

GO RIM

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I hope their price is not bad too, else they better die.

8. BBGrind

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Real nice RIM, I am waiting, but make sure it is here the 1st Qt of 2013. Yes, this will bring RIM out of the hold.

9. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

if BB 10 has dynamic and advance customization tweaks feature as android and "act" like mini pc like android does, it surely will be a player again in the smartphone competition. hope, over used suing ends next year and they really compete on power and features of the device not suing because of looks and feel or even shape, button, icons, transition effect, but suing because the code or hardware architectures infringement, like songs, if u use as much as 13 bar, u got sued because u doing plagiarism. that's it!

10. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

This looks promising for RIM, not a bad design. They may be a little behind, but it's better than the sub 1GHz processors they were using before, and it's actually better matched to some Android phones. As far as having to get through Windows phones, I don't think it will have to work to hard for that. Windows phones aren't as popular as one would think, and from what I have seen, they would be on about the same level. We'll see what happens.

11. PhonePhazer47

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Yes it does, but i agree w the earlier post! after 1st quarter 2013, rim will drown. Rim lost a lot of momentum with the horde of androids and the fame i phone 5! i was a loyal blackberry user for several years. but they took forever to communicate, they took soooo long and are taking even longer to release there famed BB10!.... many i know come off contract between now and january including myself! i would love to give BB10 a try. (having both an iphone4 and presently limping on my bold!) but if its not here by jan, Im not waiting. Im going I phone 5 or the next of many super duper Android!!

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

really good device!! really looking forward for BB10!!! very modern!! it might be the 2nd phone (not a tablet ok) to have 2mp front facing camera coz the other being HTC 8X if it will be release on schedule! i wish RIM the best!! FIGHTING!!!

15. joey18

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i will go for blackberry

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