Rumors about the release of two mid-range Blackberry phones code-named Blackberry Hamburg has been on since April 2015. The devices were believed to get a release date of the end of this year.
However, more details have emerged about the speculated Blackberry Hamburg smart phones which are detailed to come with full touch screen capabilities as well as a physical keyboard. This gives the idea that the Blackberry Hamburg will come packing a physical keyboard and a touchscreen.
The latest rumor about the device is that Blackberry has outsourced the production of the Blackberry Hamburg smartphones to Alcatel. A smart phone that was spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s website is seen to be manufactured by China’s TCL that produces the Alcatel line of smart phones and is fingered as the veiled Blackberry Hamburg.
A Wi-Fi Alliance certificate is needed to ensure the phone meets international wireless communication standards. The Wi-Fi certification shows a TCL handset called the DTEK-50, with a build number of AAF295
The latest rumors were outed by a guy named Roland Quandt via his Twitter handle @rquandt.
Blackberry Hamburg STH100-2 (5.2in FHD, SD615 etc) is made by TCL/ALCATEL! Blackberry outsourcing production/design?
According to Roland Quandt, the smartphone which is thought to be the Blackberry Hamburg will feature a 5.2-inch full HD screen and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 processor. The model number of the unannounced device listed on the Wi-Fi certification is STH100-2. Other specifications gathered from the Wi-Fi certification page include that the device will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.
Earlier on, it was rumored last month that Blackberry was working with TCL to produce a version of the Alcatel Idol 4 sporting Blackberry branding and trademark. This could most likely be the phone with the codename – Blackberry Hamburg.
By the way, TCL is the company that manufactures Alcatel phones. TCL and Alcatel entered a mobile phone manufacturing joint venture in 2004 with TCL injected 55 million euros in the venture in return for a 55 per cent shareholding.