Word on the street has it that BlackBerry is working on at least one device called the Hamburg. We’ve seen photos of the handset in leaks, and it looks like it could be getting ready for a launch soon as it has been spotted at the FCC, indicating that the handset is getting itself certified for a release in the US if and when that happens.
The FCC filing also confirms what we heard last month, which is that the phone is being manufactured by TCL. This is apparently part of some kind of partnership that BlackBerry struck up with the manufacturer in which they will make the phones that sports the BlackBerry branding, although we’re not sure if this means that BlackBerry is only lending their name, or if both companies worked together on this.
That being said, the Hamburg isn’t exactly a high-end smartphone. The rumored specs include a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB worth of storage. There will also be a 13MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, and given BlackBerry’s recent shift to Android, there’s a good chance the Hamburg will also run on the same platform.
In any case BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen revealed earlier this week that the company will talk more about its handsets next week, so perhaps we will get additional information then.