BlackBerry "Ontario" handset spotted on benchmark site, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor in tow

A handset codenamed the BlackBerry "Ontario" was discovered at the Geekbench benchmark site. This could be the high-end device that CEO John Chen said that BlackBerry itself was developing for the U.S. market. The unannounced model is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.15GHz. No released BlackBerry handset is powered by a quad-core CPU. The device also has 2GB of RAM and has BlackBerry installed.

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

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

What's wrong with the qwerty keyboard?

24. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Qwerty keyboard , tiny screen Is this Asian dude trying to bring BB back to the stoneage ?

31. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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: Dec 22, 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: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 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: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The S400 can't handle Dead Trigger 2 on high

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It may be too late for BB....

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I agree, BlackBerry is dying a slow death and should just our itself out of its misery...

13. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

BlackBerry is not dying at all. Stop being such a troll....

28. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 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

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Definitely NOT too late for BlackBerry.

22. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

Although with a difficult road ahead, it's never too late.

29. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Too late for what?

5. SamDroid unregistered

Finally, a quadcore Blackberry to power the 100,000 apps or so in their app store

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 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

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 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

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Yes. 10.2.1 address all recent bugs.

21. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Thats sounds good but not the physical qwerty keyboard hello?.

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