BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome renders were not leaks, but were concepts based on reality

BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome renders were not leaks, but were concepts based on reality
Toward the end of last month, we told you about a pair of handsets called the BlackBerry Hamburg and BlackBerry Rome. The two generally fit the description of two new Android powered phones that BlackBerry CEO John Chen had alerted us to early in April. However, we have just learned that the two pictures and two renders were not leaks from BlackBerry, but were actually two concept models.

The images of the Hamburg and Rome were produced by Dylan Habkirk, who had posted them on his BBM Channel a few days before another website hijacked the images. This other site added their logo to the pictures and renders and proclaimed that these were leaked from somewhere inside BlackBerry.

We do have something positive to take from all of this. While Habkirk has never seen the Hamburg, he did indeed get to see internal sketches for the phone which is what he based the design of his concept on. He says that it copies the BlackBerry Z30 form factor. While he isn't sure of the Hamburg name (as sure as he is about the use of the code name Rome), his understanding is that it will be the first of the two models released by BlackBerry.

Habkirk adds that he has seen the Rome and that it does resemble the previously leaked BlackBerry Vienna images. He adds that it will possibly sport an 8MP front-facing camera and a special hardware button that offers a unique functionality for governments and consumers alike. Pricing for the phone will be in the $500 USD region.


The good news is that the two concepts are based on some reality, whether it was from an internal sketch or a real prototype.


source: BlackBerryCentral via Crackberry

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43 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If it's going to be anything like the Z10 then great. That phone needs a real successor. And blackberry needs to price this competitively and not overprice it along with making it universally unlocked.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yeah right, Z10 needs a successor... Ha! What a bloody joke... And no, I'm not laughing... So Mr. Z10 needs a successor which was a financial dud, a flop, for Mr. Berry... What about BOLD and CURVE? What about Torch? These renders aren't Blackberry, they're wannabe EVERYONE ELSE... Blackberry Phones used to be highly unique and classy... Ah! Apparently you're too young to remember it! G'Day!

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And before some Teachie, Wise or a Genius call me an idiot old man; feast your eyes:http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2297310/blackberry-blames-z10-failure-for-usd935m-second-quarter-loss That bloody Z10 costed Blackberry an arm and a leg... A loss of nearly ONE BILLION! So much for a wannabe iPhone! Yeah Chen, bring the pathetic Z10 to life... Forget us loyalists = morons who want an Android Blackberry Bold and Curve... B'Day...

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, that's your opinion and I'm not going to attack you relentlessly for voicing it. For what it's worth, the Z10 was an ok device. Just the specs are dated, but it was definitely a good device to start. Just poorly executed like some of the other stuff Blackberry has done.

21. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

The problem with the z10 and the q10 was they realeased it with o.s 10.0. Was only good after the 10.2.1 update (about a year later). To this day the q10 is still the fastest device for messaging, emailing and calling on the market. Am hoping BlackBerry put the q10's strengths in the rome. Bb10 Was about a 1-2 years late.

9. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

These designs were unique because the touchscreen phone we know today didn't exist, nor did it operate as smoothly as a physical keyboard. With the advances in touchscreen technology and the overall direction of the smartphone industry "unique and classy" designs like the Bold, Curve, and Torch are simply outdated.

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Not in the world of hipsters who still crave brick phones, typewriters, two stokes and Blackberry Quark!!! Quark! My friend would part his mint condition Quark for NOTHING... Except for maybe a Ducati Paul Smart! LONG LIVE THE HIPSTERS!

11. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

I always thought the Z30 was the successor to the Z10. Bigger and better screen. The screen size was upped because 5" was the norm. Faster CPU. I dunno, makes sense to me.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are correct. The Z30 is the successor to the Z10.

25. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Not anymore. You know how apple apparently writes the book? This year they are doing small medium and large. Who would of thought some people like small phones and others like large?

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

That still doesn't change the Z30 from being the Z10's successor.

2. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Doesn' need to be universally unlocked. Just unlocked for GSM carriers is enough. Every device isn't universally unlocked. But price does need to be competitive. Around $300-$400 mark.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Verizon and Sprint use CDMA, so GSM unlocked isn't enough. They should have radios for GSM and CDMA because the CDMA Priv came out for Verizon, but it didn't for Sprint.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

CDMA will be phased out by 2020 according to Verizon. By the time these phones are released, what's the point? Even AT&T is sun-setting EDGE (2G) to allow for more LTE re-farming.

13. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

I hate Verizon as much as the next guy but skipping USA's largest carrier for 3-4 years seems like a bad strategy.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry has always had a presence on Verizon. They had both the Z10 and the Z30, as well as the Classic. Now they have the PRIV. And this is not including their legacy devices.

29. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

The Passport never came to Verizon.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never claimed it did.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

+1 for overlooked fact.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can definitely see T-Mobile following in the footsteps of AT&T and doing away with Edge as well. Sprint, on the other hand, is too slow at everything. But they'll more than likely make the switch away from CDMA as well. It's a dying technology in the U.S.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think it'll be a gradual rollout.

18. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

CDMA is dying. GSM will be the standard. Everyone who uses CDMA is phasing it out.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed it is. And with CDMA being phased out, "universally unlocked" kinda loses its sizzle.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not necessarily.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

Actually, it does. Especially when you factor in that in a few short years CDMA will be kaput.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's speculation. Right now CDMA is still prevalent.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's not speculation. CDMA is going to be put out to pasture. It's a dying technology.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Somewhere down the line but not right now.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

Post the link where I said it will be phased out "right now". I said "years". Stop going against me for the sake of going against me. I've said nothing that isn't a fact.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not going against you for the sake of going against you. Not my fault if I had to clarify your own comment.

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