Collapse threatened BlackBerry since Android’s growth and the Canadian manufacturer had to adapt in order to not lose its fans, who migrated to Android because of its vast array of applications that can be downloaded from the Google Play store. In 2015, BlackBerry has released its first Android-based smartphone called Priv and the latest leaks suggest that two new handsets codenamed Hamburg and Rome will be released in the near future.
The BlackBerry Priv had a slide-out physical keyboard, but it seems that the “Hamburg” model won’t have any keyboard, which means that it will have a simple touch screen with a speaker grille below. Two of its dimensions have been specified: its height of 146mm and width of 7mm and in the second leaked image, the BlackBerry logo is shown in a close-up shot. The body of the device will be made of metal, on the left side will be located the power button, while the rest of the buttons will sit on the right side. Its specs aren’t known yet, but the device will be sold for around $400 and will be released in the second half of the year.
As for the “Rome” mode, it will have a physical keyboard similar to that of the Passport, but the screen will be rectangular. Also, above the screen is the new BlackBerry logo. In the leaked image, the screen appears to be an OLED slightly curved on the sides. For now, this is the only information that we can give you about these two upcoming smartphones, but when we’ll find new details about their processors and cameras, we will let you know.
If you want to buy the BlackBerry Priv, you’ll be able to upgrade it to the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. This phone has a 5.4-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels which is curved on both sides, but not like on the Galaxy S7, it’s powered by a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor (dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53) backed by an Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM, and the internal memory is expandable from 32GB to 200GB. On the back is found a 18MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and Schneider-Kreuznach optics, and it supports features such as OIS, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The front camera supports a resolution of only 2MP, so it can be used mostly for video calls. As for the battery, it has a capacity of 3410mAh.
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