As detailed by BlackBerry enthusiast blog Crackberry, a Web design interactive agency based out of Toronto called Pixelcarve developed a mockup of the “BlackBerry Blade,” a concept smartphone utilizing RIM’s BlackBerry branding. Designed as a potential BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the concept is hypothetically built out of aluminum and acrylic complete with Gorilla Glass on the front of the display. The Blackberry Blade concept is slightly curved and the main touchscreen slides upward to reveal the familiar BlackBerry keyboard. There are also fixed buttons beneath the touchscreen in addition to a trackpad.
According to the specifications listed on the mockup, the hypothetical Blade offers a 4.5-inch AMOLED display at 720p resolution in addition to a quad-core 1.5GHz processor. The Blade concept also includes a rear 12-megapixel camera that shoots 1080p video at 60 frames-per-second as well as a front-facing 5-megapixel camera.
The concept smartphone can be connected to other devices using the MicroHDMI, MicroVGA or MicroUSB ports and the Blade comes with a MicroSD slot for expanded memory. The smartphone can also handle both HTML5 and Adobe Flash in addition to using a 4G LTE connection to download content to the smartphone.
While the somewhat outlandish specifications and sleek design of the BlackBerry Blade are definitely too good to be true, fans of the BlackBerry brand have been buzzing about the recently leaked photos of the BlackBerry London. The London is rumored to be the first RIM smartphone that will offer the redesigned BlackBerry 10 user interface and include hardware such as a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of internal RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of storage for multimedia. The London is also rumored to hit stores by September 2012 and will likely be in competition with the next iPhone throughout the fourth quarter of 2012.