We got to know the BlackBerry Priv first as “ http://littlebitjohnny.blogspot.com .ng/2015/08/its-blackberry-but-with-android-and.html" target="_blank">Venice.” As word of an follow-on to the company’s first Android device came about, we also heard of “Vienna.” then the first image of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, originally leaked as "Oslo". And now, its about some renders of supposedly new phones: one with an on-body keyboard and the name “Rome” attached to it; the other an all-touch device called “Hamburg.”
BlackBerry has this uncanny knack for keeping itself in the news year after year, despite its smartphone market share fading away into oblivion. But already this week we’ve heard about the latest software update to hit a BlackBerry phone, as the Android-based Priv gets its big Marshmallow release, and now we find ourselves checking out a possible leak that might just reveal the next generation of BlackBerry’s handset lineup, as a set of renders and pics attempt to reveal the phones codenamed Hamburg and Rome.
Company CEO John Chen has already confirmed his intention to release a pair of new Android-running BlackBerry phones this year: one keyboard-equipped model, and one full-touch slate.
According to this source, Hamburg will be that touch-only model, while Rome will get the keyboard treatment.
Rome will supposedly get a curved-screen OLED panel, just like the Priv, while the only details we pick up about Hamburg are that it will have the big bottom speaker you see pictured here; that price would fit nicely with the mid-range descriptions we’ve heard from Chen.
This render turns out that BlackBerry Central’s Dylan Habkirk is the originator of these concepts renders that he said are based on “device plans and/or prototype units that I have seen in person.” Perhaps we could say that these images were leaked by proxy, but even then, there’s that nasty problem of attribution.
Habkirk goes onto reveal more findings from his perusing of device sketches and internal documents. He points out that Hamburg codename has a larger chance of not being real as the Rome one is.
Apparently, the Rome has internal specs that are like that of the Priv or otherwise the same. The screen may feature a dual curved edge as well, which left some questioning how the keyboard will shape.With “Rome” said to have an 8-megapixel selfie snapper, we’d question how BlackBerry may keep these phones in the mid-range territory, but Habkirk assures us that both phones will be somewhere around $449.
Of course, we’ll be waiting for real devices told of in real press releases, but we’re waiting a while yet.