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A keyboard-bearing Blackberry smartphone from TCL with the model number BBF100-1 has posted some scores on popular CPU Benchmark Geekbench. Could this be a follow-up to the KEYone?
The benchmark report details that the unannounced BlackBerry handset is equipped with 6GB of RAM and features the Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm’s most powerful and energy-efficient mid-range SoC to date. This octa-core chip is reported as being clocked at 1.84GHz. The full Geekbench listing can be seen below:
A previously leaked UAProf profile also detailed that this handset features a display panel with a 3:2 ratio and resolution of 1,620 by 1,080 pixels – the same as the current Blackberry KEYone. The listing also confirmed a physical keyboard.
All-in-all this does make for a slightly usual spec sheet as it pairs an upper mid-range SoC and display resolution with more RAM than many flagship phones offer today.
As with all leaks it’s important to consider a few factors about the accuracy of the information offered. Firstly, benchmarks can easily be faked and also prototype hardware configurations can differ from the final product. Take the details in the Geekbench report with a grain of salt.
That said, manufacturers frequently do test hardware on these benchmarks and the details line up nicely with those from the UAProf listing. The data in that listing comes directly from TCL and so those details are pretty much certain to be legitimate but could still be subject to changes prior to release. All in all we’d give this a 6/10.
The KEYone was initially previewed at CES last January before a full unveiling at MWC later in the year and we imagine it likely TCL could be following a similar schedule again. If so, the device could break cover as soon as mid-January with a full announcement before the end of February.
All signs do seem to point to this being the “Blackberry KEYtwo” but whether it is actually called that remains to be seen. Regardless, if you’re into smartphones with physical keyboards this could be one to watch.