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Is BlackBerry finally building its savior? 64-bit octa-core phone reportedly in the works

BlackBerry Ontario Specs

Good news, BlackBerry fans: your favorite phone maker is reportedly developing an absolute beast of a smartphone that features killer specs that crush anything else on the market right now. The bad news, however, is that the phone apparently won’t be competing with any smartphones on the market right now. Instead, if BlackBerry does decide to launch this screaming high-end handset, it apparently won’t debut until sometime in the summer of 2015.

A recent report from N4BB stated that in addition to the upcoming quad-core BlackBerry “Ontario,” the Waterloo-based handset maker is also developing a smartphone that will be powered by the 20-nanometer Snapdragon MSM8994 chipset. Among the platform’s standout features:

  • Eight CPU cores
  • 64-bit archetecture
  • Clockspeeds of up to 2.5GHz
  • 1600MHz 4GB RAM LPDDR3 PoP
  • Adreno 430 500 MHz
  • Pixel fill Rate 6Gpix/s
  • Vertex 500Mtri/s
  • OpenGL ES3.0, direct x11.1, OpenCL1.2

N4BB says its unnamed sources aren’t sure if BlackBerry still plans to launch the phone but if it does, the handset’s debut probably won’t take place until sometime next summer. While the idea of a 2.5GHz octa-core handset with 4GB of RAM is certainly impressive today, specs like these will likely be the norm a year and a half from now, which means the phone will need some standout user-facing features if it hopes to succeed.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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