64 bit octa-core BlackBerry model coming in 2015?

64 bit octa-core BlackBerry model coming in 2015?
On Sunday, we told you about a new BlackBerry handset found on the Geekbench benchmark site. Rumored to be a high-end model called the BlackBerry "Ontario," this is certainly not one of the entry-level handsets for developing markets being produced by Foxconn for BlackBerry. The "Ontario" features a quad-core Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 under the hood, underclocked at 2.15GHz.

The BlackBerry "Ontario" will be part of the BlackBerry "O" series. The same quad-core Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 to be used in the "Ontario" will also find its way into the BlackBerry "W" series (featuring a physical QWERTY) and the BlackBerry "B" (all-touch) handsets.

If a quad-core 'Berry doesn't convince you that the Canadian manufacturer is still in it to win it, consider the latest rumor. According to multiple sources, BlackBerry plans on employing the MSM8994 SoC on a new high-end device in 2015. This chip, built using the 20nm process, includes a 64 bit octa-core 2.5GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, an Adreno 430 GPU, and an integrated 4G LTE modem.

Combined with the right specs, it sounds like BlackBerry could have a monster on its hands next year. CEO John Chen just needs to make it through this year first.

source: N4BB, CNET

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38. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

nope, they dont have the money

40. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

They have over 3 billion in the bank and no debt. They will make money on the enterprise side of the business, which they are already doing.

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2688; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I just don't see the point... The current devices run amazingly smoothly. Unless they are looking to move more into desktop integration, I just don't see the benefit of entering the spec race. I'd rather see BB tighten up the Hub a bit, improve on battery life and work at having a better camera. More power isn't the issue with BB10 devices.

27. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

so when someone is staring at lets say the s5 they can see that they both have similar processors. They may look at the BB and see its only say 1.7ghz and they'll think its slower than the say 2.15ghz S5

37. jellmoo

Posts: 2688; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

With their move away from the consumer crowd and their enhanced focus on the enterprise and prosumer market, it seems a little on the strange side to get into a spec race. The enhanced specs don't actually give any tangible benefit, and BB can't really compete with a company like Samsung when it comes to being cost effective with specs like those.

12. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Said a dozen times: If you liked WebOS, you will like BB10. It is a fun, motion based OS. I like the Z10, think the Z30 is an amazingly well designed device. I have no idea what the future holds for BlackBerry. But I am impressed enough to cheer for them to succeed.

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Agree..

18. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Well said!

11. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hmmm...MSM8994...only interesting thing in article (for me at least).

8. CrysisRequiem

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

*Cricket noise*

10. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Troll elsewhere.

7. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

they want compare with desktop never even they 100 gb ram how photoediter , program edit in 4 inch mobile , first samsung fail then apple fail now bb will fail

9. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Uh...what?

24. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol double what? last time i checked apple and samsung are some of the 2 most successful companies as of right now

6. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

BB has to go full throttle this year or this may be their last.

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yep!!!! I can't wait to see what they do... I hope they one up the Lumia line... MS needs some motivation to keep third place for the time being...

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

if they release it in 2014 they've got a winner

3. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

This BlackBerry sounds like a BEAST!!!! Count me among the first to get one!!

23. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

If it's BlackBerry then it must be expensive no matter what the spec is be it high-end or the opposite.

31. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

You don't know if that will be true in this case. For instance, the low end BlackBerry that is going to be released will be priced, as such and much lower than previous low end BlackBerry's. Of that, I am certain.

1. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

I am among thos who don't care

2. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

No one cares if you don't care.

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yep! I care, and would like to see BB come with something strong to give the market more competition... 2 typical options have become boring, and it's time for the average consumer to realize there's more to offer... Go BB!!!

25. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

They had teir chance, they kept selling overpriced phones with outdated specs. I'm not in the US or Canada, I couldn't do much with my phone supposed to be a smartphone. Anyway, I sold my BlackBerry and now I have stopped waiting the way you do.

28. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

They are try to enter in a spec race but this won't save BlackBerry.

29. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

And why won't adding great specs help BlackBerry? You have proof saying it won't? And true, in the PAST, BlackBerry, lead by OTHERS, have made mistakes. They have new leadership now, and he is leading the company in the right direction. If you're going to judge a company solely by what they have done in the past, then HTC, Sony, and Motorola should be hugely profitable companies right now. But they are not. They are still reporting loses. And dude, if you had a BlackBerry and did not know how to use it as a SMARTPHONE, that's nobody's fault but your own.

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, I can agree with that... Higher specifications don't necessarily translate to a better device, or user experience... That you're right about..

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!...Well, I'm a happy WP fan, so I'm not necessarily waiting on anything.. I already have one of the best smartphones on the market... I just know that there's value in what BB can produce, and it would be nice to see BB fans get what they deserve.. .................... But, I can understand what you mean by waiting... If BB isn't delivering then customers will go elsewhere.. Not arguing with that.. That's just business..

35. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Yes, that is just business. But the "Anti-BlackBerry Brigade" is assuming that Chen is going to make the same mistakes, and take on the same complacency, as others before him. CLEARLY, judging by his actions and the decisions that he has made thus far, he doing everything right for the company the three before him did not do. People on this site need to watch and wait, then make an INFORMED statement/observation on what Chen is doing, as opposed to the blind hate that they are spewing.

39. thetrueprodigy

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Outdated Specs.....the specs of the Z10 are much better than the iPhone 5S ...it has NFC....Bigger Battery...Better PPI....wifi direct and miracast...expandable memory....faster processor...more ram.....removable battery.......and people still line up for iPhones even though specs are far lower....I have the Z30 and its an amazing phone to be honest. Out of the box let me tell you....Android...iOS ...WP and BB10....BB10 out of the box straight out will murder all of those platforms in terms of a TRUE Smartphones that doesn't rely on apps for every single thing.....BB Z30 with 10.2.1 ability to install android apps and has amazing battery life better reception...stereo speakers...amazing build quality...so maybe you dont care....but iOS is dropping..android is going up....BB10 will go up as well but it takes time...its a new platform and more and more I see more people with BB10 phones.

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