BlackBerry is a special kind of mobile manufacturer as it relies mostly on its proprietary system which still has its fan base even though it has become smaller over the years after Android-based smartphones appeared on the market. Nevertheless, at the end of 2015 the company launched its first Android-powered handset called the BlackBerry PRIV, which was a premium smartphone sporting an AMOLED display that has diagonal of 5.4 inches and a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440. Moreover, the BlackBerry PRIV is powered by a Qualcomm made Snapdragon 808 processor, which is poaired with 3 GB of RAM, and includes 32 GB of native storage.
Back then there were some rumors claiming that the company will launch a few other smartphone this year, and as time passed the rumors have become more and more believable. A couple of days ago, the BlackBerry Hamburg aka Neon phone was listed on the FCC website, giving us some information concerning the terminal. We know that BlackBerry has some connections with Chinese manufacturer TLC, and judging by the specs of the upcoming BlackBerry Neon, it seems to be some sort of reworked Alcatel Idol 4 meaning that the smartphone doesn't come with a keyboard and will rely only on the touchscreen.
Today we've going to talk about another BlackBerry branded handset which popped up on Geekbench 3 and it's listed as BlackBerry Rome. While the BlackBerry PRIV and the BlackBerry Neon go by the model numbers STV100-1 and STH100-2, the BlackBerry Rome goes under STV100-3. According to the listing, the phone will have an integrated physical keyboard and a SoC consisting of six CPU cores, which is similar to the one of the PRIV, but it seems that it's inferior judging by the benchmark scores.
The BlackBerry Neon is powered by a Snapdragon octa-core 600 series processor (which might be either 615 or 617) which contains low performance ARM Cortex-A53 cores. The BlackBerry Rome on the other hand, may be based around the Snapdragon 650 which consists of a quad-core ARM CortexA53s clocked at a speed of 1.4 GHz, and a high performance dual core cluster Cortex-A72 running at a maximum frequency of 1.8 GHz. Still, we have to take into consideration the possibility that the benchmark to be inaccurate and the smartphone might be underpinned by a different processor after all. No matter the chip, the Rome will include 3 GB of RAM, and will be running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.
At this point, there are no extra details concerning the upcoming handset that will be released by BlackBerry in the following months like price tags, colors, when exactly will they be announced and when will they become available for purchase. However, we're sure that the information will surface eventually, and when that happens we'll tell you all about it as well.