BlackBerry Planning Octa-core 64-bit Device by 2015

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The rumored BlackBerry Ontario, which is apart of the O-series, recently had benchmarks surface. BlackBerry will be utilizing the 2.3GHz Snapdragon MSM8974 quad-core Krait in the Ontario.

Additionally, BlackBerry will utilize this same MSM8974 Qualcomm chip in the W-series (QWERTY device) and B-series (All-touch). Even though the future of high-end BlackBerry devices seems strong, it has had us all wanting more.

Reaching out to a few sources, we’ve confirmed that BlackBerry has been planning to utilize the Snapdragon MSM8994. This chip uses the 20 nm HKMG process and uses an octa-core 64-bit architecture. Each core can reach a frequency of up to 2.5 GHz with 4MB L2 cache.

Other features of the MSM8994 include:

  • 1600MHz 4GB RAM LPDDR3 PoP
  • Adreno 430 500 MHz
  • Pixel fill Rate 6Gpix / s
  • Vertex 500Mtri / s
  • OpenGL ES3.0, direct x11.1, OpenCL1.2

Will BlackBerry still continue on the path to an octa-core device now that John Chen is the CEO? If so, the plan is to have it ready by summer of 2015.

BlackBerry employees working on such projects haven’t yet been told they’re canceled. However, what the future may hold for high-end BlackBerry devices is anything less than transparent.




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