BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently noted that the company is working on two Android-powered handsets, earmarked for this year. As it turns out, one of them is the “BlackBerry Hamburg.” This device silently made a visit to one of the benchmark testing sites giving out key configurations.
When Blackberry Priv got released, the Canadian tech giant noted that depending on the reception of this handset the company would decide whether to build more Android handsets or stick to BlackBerry 10 OS.
Apparently, the Priv did disappoint a bit. But Chen reportedly noted that the main reason for the waning sales is the pricing of Priv and it is making potential buyers stay away from the handset. The Priv debuted at $699 in the U.S.
New reports, on the other hand, suggest that the upcoming mid-range BlackBerry handsets will be priced in the ambit of $300 and $400, Phone Arena noted.
As for specifications, GFXBench listing says the BlackBerry Hamburg, which is the codename of the device, will flaunt a 5.2-inch display, packed with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels screen resolution. Under the hood, an octa-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 615) SoC, clocked at 1.5 GHz, will reportedly power the handset.
Furthermore, Adreno 405 GPU will apparently handle the graphics and this device will come backed by 3 GB of RAM. Camera-wise, BlackBerry has housed a 12-megapixel sensor at the back and a possible 7 or 8-megapixel shooter at the front for selfies.
When it comes to internal memory, the BlackBerry Hamburg will come equipped with 16 GB of built-in storage space. However, at this point, there is no word on the expandable storage option. On the software front, not Android N but Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS will run the device out of the box.
Meanwhile, Phone Arena citing the concept models creator Dylan Habkirk says the BlackBerry Hamburg resembles the well-received BlackBerry Z30. The Hamburg will apparently be an all-touch handset, while the second Android device named “BlackBerry Rome” will feature a QWERTY keyboard.