After committing to end phones with the BlackBerry 10 operating system, the Canadian manufacturer has been focusing on giving out more Android phones in the upcoming quarters.
BlackBerry has been reportedly looking at launching a few mid-range contenders running on the Android operating system. The BlackBerry Hamburg may be amongst the first mid-range devices from the company to arrive before the end of the year. Details about the device have been leaked after featuring on the GFXBench benchmark tests.
The BlackBerry Priv failed to bring about any substantial change in the market share of the Canadian company, which has been sliding consistently over the last few years. Only recently, the company’s top executives revealed that a midrange phone – and not a high end device which may not spice up sales figures – was the need of the hour in order to improve the company’s fragile position. The rumored BlackBerry Hamburg will come with Android 6.0.1 marshmallow as standard. It seems to be content with a 5.2 inch display with full HD resolution.
The full HD resolution is not a surprise given that the higher end BlackBerry Priv came with the QHD display. Apart from keeping costs low, the lower resolution will also aid in better battery life. Further, there are those who are extremely satisfied even with a full HD display and they will certainly appreciate the drop in prices that is expected to accompany the BlackBerry Hamburg.
The snapdragon 615 chipset may seem slightly lower in terms of configuration compared to the Moto G4 Plus, which has the latest 617 chipset, but performance aspect is not expected to suffer since this processor is an octa core unit clocked at 1.5 GHz. The rear camera is expected to house a 12-megapixel sensor whereas the front facing seven-megapixel sensor will grab all the attention. Now word is out on the battery yet, but it is expected to be 3000 mAh in size. This battery size will be sufficient to handle mediocre specifications on offer.
In terms of design, the BlackBerry Hamburg may be largely similar to the BlackBerry Z30. This would mean that the BlackBerry Hamburg may not offer the physical keyboard, which is still one of the best features of the BlackBerry Priv. Apart from offering physical keyboard buttons, the keyboard also doubled up as the trackpad with gestures. The BlackBerry Hamburg may be priced around $300.