Rumor Round-Up: The Future Smartphones of 2012

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iPhone 5

The Verge

Rumored specs: Maybe a 4-inch display, slimmer design and aluminum back, according to Business Insider and Boy Genius Report. (And The Verge for the mockup.)

What’s interesting about it: It’s an iPhone, so everyone’s going to flip out over it. But rumormongers think Apple was close to launching a redesigned iPhone 5 last fall, yet scrapped it last-minute in favor of the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 could get its debut this fall, but at this point, no one really knows what the phone will look like, or what it’ll have inside.

Blackberry “London”

The Verge

Rumored specs: Dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, according to The Verge.

What’s interesting about it: This could be Research in Motion’s first smartphone running BlackBerry 10, a new operating system that makes a clean–and much-needed–break from the old BlackBerry software. It’ll be smoother and faster, and it’ll support all kinds of fancy apps. Whether that’s enough to redeem RIM when it launches in late 2012 is another story.

(MORE: The Future of Phones: Forever Unknowable)

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