BlackBerry in octa-core smartphone rumour

BlackBerry in octa-core smartphone rumour

Despite it only being a few months since BlackBerry announced that it was to primarily focus on software rather than devices as part of its plans to breathe fresh life into the company's fortunes, it seems that handsets could soon be back in the picture. One area in which it seemed to turn its attention towards was that of mobile device management (MDM), thus taking advantage of the rising use of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approaches within workplaces up and down the country.

But rumours have since surfaced that the company is plotting the release of a new smartphone, codenamed Ontario, which reports claim will run the company BlackBerry 10.3 operating system and will be powered by a quad-core 2.15GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.

That is already a significant improvement on the Z10, which contains a dual-core chip and has endured disappointing sales.

It comes on the back of BlackBerry's announced partnership with Foxconn, a development that helped the company turn its attention back to the construction of handsets.

A report from N4BB claims that Ontario will be part of its O-Series and that the  MSM8974 will also appear in its W-series (or QWERTY) phones and touch-screen B-series.

However, there are some experts claiming that there could be an even faster device waiting in the wings by utilising the Snapdragon MSM8994 in a handset due in 2015.

The MSM8994 is built on the 20nm HKMG process, and is an octa-core, 64-bit architecture that also features an Adreno 430 GPU, 1600MHz 4GB RAM and LPDDR3 PoP. Cores can hit impressive frequencies of 2.5GHz with 4MB L2 cache.

There does not seem to be any guarantee that the new phone will come to market, as BlackBerry may remain keen on primarily focusing on its software offerings, a strategy that has recently seen the company release its flagship BBM messaging service on various platforms such as iOS and Android.