BlackBerry will reportedly be releasing two new Android smartphones in 2016, of which one is code-named “Hamburg.” The specs of this device have just been leaked.
The BlackBerry Hamburg’s specifications
A new GFX Benchmark test suggests that the device will sport a 5.2-inch display and come with 12 GB of internal storage space and 3 GB of RAM. The rear camera will be 12 MP, while the front-facing camera could be 7MP or 8MP. It will be an all-touch device that will run on Marshmallow 6.0.1. The device will be powered by a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor and an Adreno 405 GPU.
The Hamburg will probably turn out to be a decent smartphone in the mid-range of the segment if the benchmark is accurate. The Nexus 5X device comes with just 2GB of RAM and thus suffers some performance issues. However, those issues will not occur with the Hamburg since it comes with 3GB of RAM. However, the device has opted for the more modest 615 instead of the more powerful 600 series Snapdragon processor, says Mobilesyrup.
A confirmed release date for the device is not known, but rumors suggest an unveiling in August. It is expected that the device will cost somewhere around $400. BlackBerry will also release yet another Android device that will come with a physical QWERTY keyboard. In the most recent quarter, BlackBerry sold 600,000 smartphones, according to its latest earnings report.
Hamburg to correct what the Priv can’t
BlackBerry CEO John Chen believes the Priv device was positioned wrongly, priced as a premium device, which puts it out of the reach of many. With the Hamburg’s specs, it seems the company will take a significant backward step from the flagship Priv. This means the Canadian firm is considering moving away from high-end hardware, though for a short duration only.
Chances exist for the benchmark to be fake. The BlackBerry Hamburg’s design continues to be a mystery, but the device will probably not have a physical keyboard. People interested in owning a mid-range smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard must wait for the company to release the phone code-named “Rome.” The device’s specs have not been revealed, but this device is also expected to cost less than $500.
Since the devices are expected for an August launch, which will probably be barely a month after the launch of Android N, they will likely come with Android 6.0.1 out of the box. It is expected that BlackBerry will eventually update the devices to Android N.
On Thursday, BlackBerry shares closed up 0.60% at $6.69. Year to date, the stock is down by over 28%.