BlackBerry’s move to 64-bit could happen much earlier than rumored
Earlier this week, we talked about the idea of BlackBerry putting together a smartphone around the upcoming Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 SoC, making it a 64-bit octa-core powerhouse. The thing was, those rumors were seriously forward-looking, far more than usual, and described this hardware not launching until well over a year from now. However, a new source is now talking about a much earlier embrace of 64-bit chips, and claims that a BlackBerry handset featuring such a processor could launch as soon as September of this year.
Right away, that has us wondering if we’re talking about different hardware altogether. After all, that last rumor was laser-focused on the use of that MSM8994 chip, and a Qualcomm roadmap suggests that the part won’t even be available for sampling until the very end of the year. This new rumor doesn’t specify the exact SoC, nor even mention core count, but is adamant that a 64-bit BlackBerry is in development with eyes on a September launch.
Beyond being 64-bit, the only detail provided here is that the SoC would also support OpenGL 3.0; so just what chip might that be? BlackBerry 10 has been an all-Snapdragon show thus far, and if the 810 isn’t ready in time, does this mean that the phone could run the Snapdragon 410?