updated 08:50 pm EDT, Mon October 1, 2012
Aristo to have 2GB RAM, 4.65-inch touchscreen
While previous leaks detailed only two forthcoming BlackBerry 10 devices, a new leak reveals that the company may be working on a third device. Rapid Berry has uncovered what appears to be an internal document detailing the specifications of the Aristo, a previously unheard of touchscreen device running BlackBerry 10. The new device is bigger than the other expected touchscreen BlackBerry 10 device, and packs more memory as well.
The Aristo (Greek for "the best") will reportedly sport dimensions of 5.35x2.67x0.35 inches. According to the document, it will have a 4.65-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x720 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Aristo will also reportedly be an all-touchscreen affair, as is expected to be the case with RIM's L-Series BlackBerry phones.
The display on the device is said to be an On-Cell Touch Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OCTA AMOLED) screen featuring technology developed by Samsung. The use of On-Cell touch technology will allow Aristo to be the thinnest BlackBerry device yet.
Inside, the device will reportedly pack a Qualcomm APQ8064 Krait Quad Core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. Users will be able to expand internal storage capacity by up to 16GB with a microSD card.
The leaked document says that the smartphone will have NFC capability, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB, Micro HDMI Out, and DLNA connectivity. The 2800mAh battery is said to be non-removable.
For cameras, the Aristo will reportedly have an 8MP rear-facing unit capable of recording at 30fps in 1080p. It will also have a 2MP front-facing camera that records in 720p. The Aristo will be 4G-capable, with both North American and international models supporting Quad-band GSM, WCDMA, and LTE. It will also feature 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, as well as the ability to act as a mobile hotspot.
Sensor-wise, the Aristo is said to feature an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, altimeter, gyroscope, and face detect for phone calls.
Should the leaked spec sheet bear out, it is uncertain exactly what place this device would occupy in RIM's BlackBerry lineup. With its screen nearly half an inch larger than the one seen on the other forthcoming all-touchscreen BlackBerry, Aristo could be RIM's answer to devices such as Samsung's Galaxy Note series. The company was previously thought to be cutting down on the number of devices it will offer, part of its ongoing attempts to cut costs and streamline operations.