RIM needs a halo smartphone desperately to stem the tide of consumers drifting to Android and iOS. Apparently such a handset, the Aristo, is right around the corner.
According to GSM Arena, leaked specifications of an Aristo device spell out a mobile product with muscular components and a sleek design. Measuring a mere 8.85 mm (0.35 inch) thick, the thin Aristo will boast significant computing power courtesy of a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. That's to be matched by a hefty 2GB of RAM and in line with current screen trends, the phone will sport an AMOLED display made by Samsung.
Comprising the Aristo's imaging system is a 2-megapixel front-facing camera that shoots 720p video, perfect for corporate video conferencing, and an 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash on back. The other typical smartphone technologies, at least on Android, are here too, such as NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, and micro-USB connection.
The phone should come with 16GB of internal storage as well plus a microSD card slot to add more capacity. Everything will be powered by a sizable but embedded 2,800 mAh battery. Of course the real draw, hopefully, will be the Aristo's Blackberry 10 operating system, which RIM is betting on to bring customers back to its ailing platform.