News by Josh Dasey on Monday November 23, 2015.
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BlackBerry and Samsung held several meetings together last year, leading to rumors suggesting Samsung would buyout ailing BlackBerry. However, the Canadian company said it was meeting with Samsung to discuss other, secretive, matters. It is easy to think now that BlackBerry talked to the South Korean market leader about building devices on the Android platform in view of launching the PRIV flagship.However, the companies may also have discussed other matters, such as BlackBerry using Sammy's processors. Either way, a new as yet unconfirmed BlackBerry smartphone has passed the GFXBench benchmark software sporting a Samsung Exynos 7420 processor. As well as the processor, the unnamed BlackBerry smartphone will get a 5.1-inch Quad HD screen, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of native storage, a 16 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front facing snapper, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Sound familiar? So it should, those specs match exactly to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, which is why we are taking this benchmark with a pinch of salt. While it is easy to mess around with benchmark software, a counter argument would be that Samsung's Galaxy S6 configuration is a fairly standard flagship set up, so BlackBerry aping the specs exactly is not impossible. As for the Exynos 7420, it is currently the fastest chipset on the market, but is about to be a generation old as Samsung has released the Exynos 8 and rival companies are also updating their flagship lines. BlackBerry is rumoured to be working on a handset called the Venice, which will re-introduce the company?s classic for factors of a QWERTY keyboard below a screen, whereas the recently launched PRIV had a sliding deck under the screen.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.