A new BlackBerry 10 smartphone with the model number RFH121LW has shown up at the FCC.
The listing does very little to reveal device specifications or connectivity options for the new top secret device. What we have learned is that the mystery smartphone features Near Field Communications (NFC), a newer mobile offering that RIM says it will use in unique ways that have yet to be explored by its competitors.
Rumors have pointed to a possible third device in the BlackBerry 10 OS lineup, a device that would accompany the QWERTY-based N-Series smartphone and L-Series devices.
RIM will likely reveal all of its new smartphones in late January, and a third device reaching the FCC in late December should still fit into that announcement schedule.
The new device could be the BlackBerry Aristo, a smartphone that was hinted at earlier in the year but quickly vanished.
The Aristo was rumored to feature a 4.65-inch display that outputs at 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution. The “super phone” was also believed to feature a Qualcomm APQ8064 Krait quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. Throw in NFC capabilities, and, if the FCC device is the BlackBerry Aristo, it could be a worthwhile competitor to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphones.
Research In Motion is expected to announce all of its newest smartphones simultaneously at a worldwide event on January 30.
Would you be willing to purchase a BlackBerry “super phone” with currently rumored features.