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RIM’s First BBX Smartphone to Be Named Surfboard?



The BlackBerry Surfboard is now rumored to be Research in Motion’s first smartphone based on the BBX OS platform. BBX was announced as at this year’s BlackBerry DevCon as a means to merge the BlackBerry operating system together with the QNX OS, which the PlayBook tablet is built upon.

Recently, a device with the codename of BlackBerry London was shown with a large touchscreen that marries the UI and UX of the BlackBerry 7 OS and the BlackBerry Tablet OS on the PlayBook.

RIM had initially filed for the Surfboard trademark back in July 2010. The unused mark was then given a renewal in Canada in May this year.

The leaked London smartphone shows a device that has a large touchscreen, similar to those on the new all-touchscreen Torch, but with design aesthetics borrowed from the Porsche Design BlackBerry Bold smartphone.

Does the angular design of the London with tapered corners remind you of a surfboard? Either way, it’s tablet design and name may allude to the web prowess of the phone in a more metaphorical sense.

Via: TechCrunch


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