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Meet BlackBerry’s 2016 Android Phones — The Hamberg & Rome

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Meet BlackBerry’s 2016 Android Phones — The Hamberg & Rome

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BlackBerry is operating on two new mid-range handsets for 2016

Paul Briden

BlackBerry CEO John Chen prior to now showed that the corporate can be developing two new Android-based smartphones inside of 2016, following on from ultimate yr's debut Android BlackBerry telephone, the BlackBerry Priv. Chen has stated in interviews that even if that flagship used to be quite well-received, he believed that via aiming for the top class phase with regards to specifications and pricing the company could have shot itself within the foot relatively with its core demographic; companies taking a look to shop for in bulk for his or her workers, one thing which sits way more luckily within the mid-range phase and which will have result in a lot better gross sales figures. That suggests the brand new handsets this yr are not likely to be top-flight telephones, and this new batch of pictures is the primary we have now noticed of them since Chen's affirmation in their lifestyles.

In keeping with the Chinese tipster sources for those photographs and main points, the 2 units are codenamed "Hamburg" and "Rome", in the past BlackBerry codenamed the Priv because the "Venice", so it is in line with the codename conference for primary global towns. In fact as with the Venice hitting the marketplace because the Priv (frankly we'd have most well-liked Venice) those are running codenames and not likely to be hooked up to the general merchandise once they land.

Chen had made feedback previous within the yr that probably the most two telephones introduced in 2016 would function a keyboard, whilst the opposite can be touch-only; from the pictures we see right here apparently the Hamburg is the touch-only handset whilst the Rome has a bodily QWERTY keyboard.

The Rome's keyboard is solely in part visual, and it is not transparent if we are coping with a hard and fast keyboard within the previous BlackBerry Daring or BlackBerry Passport taste or if this is a slide-out panel just like the BlackBerry Priv, even though if we are speaking about holding the fee decrease then a more effective setup turns out much more likely.

The symbol of the Hamburg additionally provides us the size of the telephone at 146mm x 78mm, however there is not any indication of thickness or weight simply but, and we will be able to see what seems like a steel construct and a big punched speaker grille spanning the entire backside entrance panel. The Rome additionally seems like a steel construct with a smaller punched grille on the height.

True to that mid-range hearsay, the resources recommend the Hamburg will seem in the second one part of 2016 with a price ticket of $400 (about £275). There is not any knowledge at the Rome's worth or unencumber bracket, and no specifications for both tool simply but. We're going to stay you posted as we listen extra.

11:27, 28 Apr 2016
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