BlackBerry Hamburg benchmark suggests a move towards the mid-range

It's certainly not the Priv 2

Back in April BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed that the company would be bringing out two new Android phones this year and now one of them has popped up on a benchmark, giving us a look at the specs.

The phone, believed to be codenamed the BlackBerry Hamburg, has been spotted on GFXBench by BlackBerries.ru and it paints a mid-range picture, with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 12MP rear camera and a 7MP (or possibly 8MP) front-facing one.

The small number of leaks suggests the Hamburg probably won't be launching for a while. It's also benchmarked as running Android Marshmallow rather than Android N, though there's a good chance BlackBerry will ultimately update it.

Fixing a mistake

Those specs as a whole would be a significant step down from the flagship BlackBerry Priv, but that's no surprise, as Chen revealed that he believed the Priv was a mistake, as it was too expensive for many of its enterprise customers.

So, while the benchmark could certainly be a fake, it lines up with what we're expecting to see and further suggests that BlackBerry could be moving away from high-end hardware, at least for the time being.

The design of the BlackBerry Hamburg remains a mystery, but it's not expected to have a keyboard. If you do want a keyboard a phone codenamed the BlackBerry Rome is also thought to be landing later this year.

That too is likely to be mid-range, though no spec details have yet been revealed, and it's thought that both phones will launch for under US$500 (around £350, AU$659).

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