BlackBerry Set to Beat Apple in Launching Large Screen Smartphone with 4.65-inch Aristo

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BlackBerry Aristo

A rendering of what the BlackBerry Aristo could look like.

On yesterday’s Apple conference call, CEO Tim Cook criticized existing large-screen smartphones (phablets) as a result of trade-offs.  He also said that Apple “would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade-offs exist.”  We concluded that Apple would not launch a phablet in 2013, and that the first iPhone with a display larger than 4.5″ would likely arrive early 2014.

BlackBerry Aristo Gets Upgraded Specs, Launching in Holiday Season

Meanwhile, sources inside BlackBerry indicate that the company’s first phablet is on schedule to launch in time for the Holiday Season.  The BlackBerry Aristo sports a 4.65″ Super AMOLED touchscreen, with quad-core 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Krait processors and 4GB of RAM.  While the smartphone had a resolution of 1280×720 when work began, it is now expected to launch with a 1080×1920 resolution.  The phablet’s specifications have received a nice upgrade since work started on the device, with a doubling of RAM, faster CPUs and enlarged 3,000mAh battery.

Designed to go head-to-head against the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Aristo will be BlackBerry’s first quad-core smartphone.  In fact, with BB10′s QNX OS being optimized for multi-core environments, it will be interesting to see the Aristo’s performance benchmarks against those of the Note 3.  After all, there are signs Samsung may be struggling with 8-core smartphones – even though the international version of the Galaxy S4 has 8 cores, only 4 cores can be run at a time.

What are you looking forward to most in the BlackBerry Aristo?  Please let us know in the comments below.