It hasn’t been a good month (or year) for RIM so far, but it’s about to get worse. Pictured here is the reason the company’s struggling to keep its Blackberry platform afloat. What you see below is supposedly the LG Optimus Pro, another Android device with a portrait QWERTY keyboard clearly aimed at those who love RIM’s devices.
The ragazzi over at Androidworld.it managed to get their hands on some pictures of the Optimus Pro, while also confirming a few of its specs, which include:
Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Yay!)
2.8-inch QVGA screen
800 MHz processor
150 MB of free internal memory
3 MP rear-facing camera
1500 mAh battery
LG is clearly not building this phone for the high-end section of the market, and it shows. According to Androidworld.it, the phone will launch for €179 in Italy. We’re not sure if this is off-contract pricing or not. While the Optimus Pro doesn’t have the most impressive spec sheet ever, it should be more than enough for those coming from Blackberry devices.
If this phone launches for less than $100 (free?) here in the U.S., RIM is going to have a hard time convincing people to stay on its platform. Most Blackberry users I’ve talk to still use Blackberry phones because of their great keyboards. But what if they could get an Android phone with a Blackberry keyboard? I’m pretty sure most of them would choose the Android phone, if given the option. And that’s the magic of Android, you can get a Blackberry-clone, an iPhone-clone or something else nobody has built before.