A spotted entry in GFXBench shows that we could be expecting another Android-powered BlackBerry, following the BlackBerry Priv that recently made its debut.
The BlackBerry Priv is the first handset from the Canadian manufacturer to wear an Android OS and it runs on a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 chipset. It is possible that BlackBerry is looking into alternative chipset brands in order to provide some other type of processing power to its next Android smartphone.
Hints of this novel approach come from a GFXBench entry, which shows a BlackBerry smartphone that features the Exynos 7420 SoC (yes, the Samsung one) and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. This information should be taken with a grain of salt, as it is possible that the entry on the benchmarking site is forged.
The mysterious BlackBerry device has the code number STV100-1 on GFXBench, and its Exynos 7420 SoC means that the smartphone has a 64-bit processor running at 2.1GHz.
It is equally plausible that the chipset that is mostly known for its presence in the Galaxy S6 series made its way into a BlackBerry phone.
Other specs of the unconfirmed device include 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB storage capacity, a 5.1-inch QHD display and a 16 MP/5 MP combo of rear snapper and front-facing selfie camera, respectively. The main camera can deliver resolutions of up to 5,312 x 2,988 pixels and can capture FHD video of 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. The secondary camera, on the other hand, can take pictures of 2,592 x 1,944 pixels and same FHD quality with the main camera. The graphic unit that will enable users to enjoy the resolutions is an octa-core ARM Mali-T760 MP8.
When it comes to features, the list is consistent: the handset sports pedometer, accelerometer, barometer, compass, GPS, gyroscope, light sensor, and NFC. Connectivity options such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also present.
If the configuration above seems oddly familiar to Android owners, you are right. It has a lot in common with the Samsung Galaxy S6, so BlackBerry fans should temper their enthusiasm.
Until an official statement from the Canadian smartphone manufacturer arrives, it may be safe to assume that the new BlackBerry entry is actually a Samsung Galaxy S6 entry with a changed model name.
This can be achieved easily by someone who simply edits the build.prop file, causing the entry to look like a legitimate BlackBerry smartphone.