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. 

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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