BlackBerry "Ontario" handset spotted on benchmark site, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor in tow
The beleaguered Canadian handset manufacturer has inked a deal with contract manufacturer Foxconn. The latter will design, manufacture, and warehouse low-end BlackBerry models over a period of five years. BlackBerry will provide the software for the new phones.
Early last month, Chen said that most of BlackBerry's new models would come with a physical QWERTY, something that has been linked to BlackBerry going back to its early days. The new high-end model is expected to feature a physical QWERTY, which should make most BlackBerry faithful happy. We could see this model appear in the second half of the year.
One of the first low-end models expected to roll-off the Foxconn production line is the BlackBerry "Jakarta," which is headed first to Indonesia, sans a physical QWERTY.
source: Geekbench via Crackberry
1. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Not so bad, I guess. I'm really eager to see what are they planning at BB for their comeback. But qwerty keyboard.. Erm..
18. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
What's wrong with the qwerty keyboard?
24. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Qwerty keyboard , tiny screen
Is this Asian dude trying to bring BB back to the stoneage ?
31. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
What makes you think that the next high-end BlackBerry with a qwerty keyboard won't have a much larger screen?
27. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"But qwerty keyboard.."
QWERTY keyboard would seem to be the only differentiator for BB. They lost trying to compete with Android and iOS in the pure touchscreen (Z series) market. The only market niche left is based on a physical keyboard.
2. victory_zhou (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)
BlackBerry 10 is a great os snapdragon 400 can handle everything including large 3d game
4. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)
BB is trying to join the specs race here. You're right, an SD400 is more than enough for a BB device. SD800, although a great SoC, might be too much for its needs. Wasted power IMO.
8. UglyFrank (Posts: 958; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
The S400 can't handle Dead Trigger 2 on high
10. fzacek (Posts: 2447; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I agree, BlackBerry is dying a slow death and should just our itself out of its misery...
13. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
BlackBerry is not dying at all. Stop being such a troll....
28. tatail (Posts: 232; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
you probably mean ultras-slow because millions of people have been swearing and screaming their hearts out for the last three years that BlackBerry is dying, but they are still here. I guess the word "slow" has lost its merit so maybe ultra-slow will work.
All things considered they are definitely here another 3 years.. So by then ultra-slow would lose its merit too. time to invent new slow words then.
12. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Definitely NOT too late for BlackBerry.
22. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)
Although with a difficult road ahead, it's never too late.
5. SamDroid (unregistered)
Finally, a quadcore Blackberry to power the 100,000 apps or so in their app store
9. jellmoo (Posts: 818; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
+ the million or so Android apps that BB 10 can run.
11. SamDroid (unregistered)
Yeah but you have to go into a lot of trouble to sidload them. Trust me, I have a Z10
15. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Incorrect. You no longer have to side load thanks to update 10.2.1. You can now download and install Android APK's straight from the browser. You can trust me. I own a Z10 as well.
16. SamDroid (unregistered)
Whats the point? Half the apps I have just lag or don't work....anyway why not get an android phone if you're just going to use the apps
19. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Are you running 10.2.1 on your BlackBerry? You must not be, because the Android Runtime was updated to Jelly Bean. There is no lag anymore.
23. SamDroid (unregistered)
Okay I'll do that, though I haven't used it in a while...what's that app again?
32. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
The name of the app is Snap. Or you can put the Amazon App Store and/or 1Mobile Market android app store on your BB10 device right from the phones Web browser. Once installed(you have to allow it install apps from outside sources), you can download android apps straight from those appstores to your handset.
20. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
When was the last time you downloaded Android apps to your Z10? Because with the 10.2.1 update, the Android emulator has been updated to Jelly Bean. The only reason why there was any lag before was because BB10 was running the Gingerbread emulator for apps built for Jelly Bean. There's absolutely no lag now whatsoever. And if someone likes BB but can download Android apps, why not do it?? Its literally like having your cake and eating it too. The best of both worlds.
25. SamDroid (unregistered)
Does that update fix the SMS problem?
33. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Yes. 10.2.1 address all recent bugs.
21. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
No, no Android phone for me. It's not just about the apps, it's also about the user experience. And the user experience on BB10 is awesome!
14. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Don't forget all of those Android apps that BB10 devices are now able to run, and even download straight from Android app stores thanks to update 10.2.1. Theoretically, BlackBerry now has AT LEAST 600,000 apps to choose from, albeit from the Amazon App Store, 1Mobile Market, and even from the Google Play Store using the app called Snap.
6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3575; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Great! We need more diversity in the market.. BB isn't at all dead, and I hope this phone is a hit.... It's time for a change of pace from the same old typical platforms...
7. mottykels (Posts: 373; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Thats sounds good but not the physical qwerty keyboard hello?.
17. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Physical qwerty keyboard is what brought BlackBerry to the dance. It's iconic, and the BlackBerry fans(of which I am one)love them! A high end BlackBerry with a physical keyboard is just what they need.
26. ChafedBanana (Posts: 364; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
If it doesn't run Android or at least have easy access to the Google Play store, I don't care, Blackberry. Your app store is crap and your phones thus far aren't much better either. (I have owned a Z10).
34. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
You obviously haven't used your Z10 running 10.2.1 update. I can't stress enough how much this update has improved the BB10 experience, especially app wise. You can access the Google Play Store using Snap. You can download and install other Android app stores, Amazon app store and 1Mobile Market to name two, on your BB10 handset and download android apps straight to your phone. 10.2.1 allows you to install Android APK'S straight from the browser. Really, if people on this site are gonna hate on BlackBerry, the least you all can do is RESEARCH on BlackBerry 10 before you start bashing. The app argument is old now. BlackBerry's have access to all just about all of the Android apps now. And my "not much better phone" runs way smoother,with a plethora of apps installed on it, than whatever phone you are using.
30. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I really want to support Blackberry, the problem is its specs stay far behind its competitor but the price is much higher. Just hope blackberry will study how to re-price its product. Anyway, wish you a good luck blackberry
35. pureviewuser (Posts: 302; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)
All the best bb I sincerely hope you succeed.
36. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Just go out of business already. Why are they trying to save something that is done. Nobody wants this garbage anymore
37. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Incorrect. No one wants to hear your garbage anymore. Millions around the world, Myself included, still want a BlackBerry.
38. pureviewuser (Posts: 302; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)
You're right bb is still desired by many