Barely two weeks after BlackBerry CEO John Chen mentioned two upcoming BlackBerry models, both to be powered by Android, images and renders of the latest mid range, Android-powered Blackberry phones code named the BlackBerry Hamburg and BlackBerry Rome have been leaked.
Unlike the manufacturer’s first Android powered device, the BlackBerry Priv, these are expected to be more affordable handsets priced in the $300-$400 range.[irp]
According to BBCzech, a Czech BlackBerry focused website, there are two incoming BlackBerry Android smartphones set for 2016. Now the details are very light at the moment with the report not going into specifics on either of the two devices. However, the report does claim to have the information on good authority and that the two Android-powered BlackBerry smartphones will come with the codenames “Hamburg” and ‘Rome”.
The blackberry Rome will have a curved AMOLED display with a QWERTY keyboard and a large speaker that both reside south of the screen. There is no info about the spec yet but the price is expected to be $300.[irp]
While the BlackBerry Hamburg uses the new BlackBerry logo on top of the device. The power button is on the left of the phone with the volume button on the right. A speaker will be on the bottom of the display…its expected to be priced at $400.
According to the source, it will be launching in the second quarter of 2016.
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.
Check out the real images and the renders of these two models by clicking on the slideshow below.
Meanwhile, the Blackberry Priv has started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update and users will need to check for the latest software updates on their Priv devices. BlackBerry confirmed that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be rolled out to the Priv by late April and it has lived up to promise.[irp]
If you are a fan of the Android-powered Blackberry phone, you can turn your Android into a Blackberry Priv with all the BB Android phone packages included: wallpaper, launcher, keyboard, BB Services using the Blackberry Priv Launcher apps.