Is This the New BlackBerry 10 Superphone?

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According to reports by Crackberry, these are leaked media shots of an upcoming RIM smartphone, potentially the rumored next-generation BlackBerry 10 "Superphone," code-named London. Details are of course very slim at this point but, all in all, it's a pretty sleek looking phone. It's also rumored to be testing both the the Texas Instruments OMAP5 and Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core processor chipsets. Check out Slashgear for further speculation.

And here is an uncompressed image of the mystery phone:

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DISCUSSION

It's not all that hard to grab a 3D modeler and render a sleek-looking phone (yes, this looks like a render to me). Amateurs do it all the time to illustrate what the next iPhone might look like, and some look DAMN good.

But actually building one of these, coding a great OS for it, fine-tuning it to death, and releasing a clean, cohesive package that is amazing enough to even begin to compete with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone is DAMN HARD. And even if you pull all that off, you still need an ecosystem, particularly a robust selection of apps. Windows Phone is pretty great, but it's still a niche product until they get lots of great apps, and they are throwing gobs of cash into the pot to try to push this forward.

Could RIM pull it off? Perhaps. Am I betting on it? Not a chance.