BlackBerry 'Hamburg' release date: device rumored to pass through a benchmark database

( smartphones (pictured) could get an addition that was seen passing through a benchmark database

BlackBerry smartphones are slowly but surely emerging to challenge better-established devices, and the company looks set to bring out a couple of new ones soon. Recently, one of these devices broke cover when it appeared on a benchmark database.

One of the upcoming devices from BlackBerry is codenamed "Hamburg" and it was spotted on the GFXBench database recently. In this listing, the device was seen with a Snapdragon 615 chipset which adds to the rumors that it is a mid-range offering. Additionally, the device, which was clearly listed with its code name "Hamburg" and the model number STH100-x, was seen having an octa-core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz and an Adreno 405 GPU.

As for the other details about the device revealed in the specs, they include a 5.2 inch display that is a full HD version. The RAM onboard the device is 3 GB, and as for storage, there is 16 GB. Coming to the camera, the main one at the rear is a 12-megapixel version and the one in front is an 8-megapixel version. Meanwhile, the operating system onboard is Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.

Previously, the "Hamburg" had been spotted in leaks and those included photos and renders of the device. In these, the smartphone was seen without a physical keyboard, which has been a staple of most devices from BlackBerry in the past and was also included as a slider on the Priv. However, the fact that the "Hamburg" is going to be another Android device like the Priv is attracting a lot of attention, as it shows that BlackBerry is moving away from using its own operating system. Also, the company looks set to bring out more Android devices in the future and one of these is codenamed "Rome".

Earlier this year, John Chen the CEO of BlackBerry had hinted that the company was planning to release more devices in the mid-range segment and these would be priced cheaper than the Priv. Taking the leaks about the "Hamburg" and "Rome" into account, it is likely that he was referring to these two smartphones.

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