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Feb 9, 2014

BlackBerry to Launch Octa-Core 64-Bit Handsets by 2015




Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry is reportedly planning the launch of smartphones with the latest mobile processors packed inside, including a handset powered by an octa-core 64-bit CPU.

Previously, the vendor said that it would focus mainly on the mid-range and entry-level segments of the market, but it seems that high-end devices haven’t been removed from its roadmap either. In fact, the company was recently found to be working on a device codenamed BlackBerry Ontario, which might hit shelves with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor. According to a recent article on N4BB, BlackBerry also plans to bring to shelves two new handset lineups, namely the W-series (QWERTY device) and the B-series (All-touch), and it will use the MSM8974 inside these devices as well. However, the company won’t stop here, it seems. At least one of the vendor’s upcoming smartphones will be powered by a Snapdragon MSM8994 processor, the news site notes.

This chipset sports an octa-core 64-bit architecture, while being built using the 20 nm HKMG process. It can top clock speeds of up to 2.5GHz, with each core enjoying 4MB L2 cache. On top of that, the chip promises 1600MHz 4GB RAM LPDDR3 PoP and Adreno 430 500 MHz graphics, along with features such as Pixel fill Rate 6Gpix/s, Vertex 500Mtri/s, OpenGL ES3.0, direct x11.1, and OpenCL1.2. Apparently, despite the fact that BlackBerry has seen a new management reshuffle recently, the company hasn’t canceled devices in its roadmap. 

However, there’s no specific info available on when the handset might be officially launched, nor on when it should become available for purchase. Rumor has it that the Canadian vendor will launch it by 2015, yet an official confirmation hasn’t been provided. Should the speculation above pan out, it might not be too long before some very powerful BlackBerry phones land on shelves, that’s for sure, so stay tuned to learn more on them.

BlackBerry to launch quad-core and octa-core smartphones soon
Image credits to BlackBerry

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