It’s not a secret that BlackBerry plans to launch its second Android-based phone. However no one thought that it will happen so fast. Today the FCC had an honor to host a short visit of the BlackBerry Hamburg the very first BlackBerry phone since the Priv. Although the FCC approval documentation doesn’t reveal the complete specs sheet of the phone, it confirms that the Hamburg will be manufactured by TCL backing up the rumors suggesting that the device will be a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4.
Second Android phone by BlackBerry will offer a 5.2-inch screen, 13MP camera and Marshmallow experience.
Except for the same manufacturer (TCL owns Alcatel) the upcoming BlackBerry and Idol 4 will share almost identical list of specs. Just as the released in February 2016 Alcatel Idol 4, the BlackBerry Hamburg (aka STH-100-2 (RJD211LW)) will feature a 5.2-inch screen panel sporting exactly the same resolution of 1080×1920 p. Furthermore, the phone will be kept alive by an identical 2,610 mAh battery and run the same Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of box.
In the field of optics, the BlackBerry latest offering will provide its potential users with a 13MP primary camera accompanied by an 8MP front-facing snapper. Oddly enough, the same optics parameters may be found in the Alcatel Idol 4. In addition, the fact that the Hamburg will be deprived of a physical QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry phones are known from is another strong argument supporting the thesis on the twin-like similarity between these two devices.
Although most of the specs are identical, GFXBench benchmark test mentions that the BlackBerry Hamburg will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, whereas the Alcatel Idol 4 is driven by a 1.7 GHz octa-core unit paired with Snapdragon 617 chipset. As for RAM and storage space, just as the Idol 4, the BlackBerry Hamburg is reported to come with 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, connectivity options will most probably include Wi-Fi, speedy 4G LTE and NFC.
So far there’s no leak confirming the exact premiere date of the BlackBerry Hamburg. But since the phone received the FCC approval we surely won’t have to wait too long to see it in its whole beauty. As for pricing, rumor has it that the mid-ranger will cost something round $400 (ouch!).