Welcome to BlackBerryCentral's Rumour Roundup!
Each Tuesday, we'll bring you the most interesting rumours in the BlackBerry community and let you know if there's any real supporting evidence. Devices, OS's, and more hot topics - it's your one-stop post to get the latest rumours.
Upcoming BlackBerry Slider to feature front-facing speaker, touch-enabled keyboard
Community Speculation, Enhanced Images Via BerryFlow.com
While the images are very convincing, there's no real final confirmation. With prototypes, what you see isn't what you get when it comes to the final device.
A touch-enabled keyboard has most certainly been in testing - according to my sources, which will tie into a one-handed operation function. As for the front-facing speaker, only time will tell if that's something they decide to keep for the final device.
If you haven't seen the photo yet, check it out below.
BlackBerry 10.3.2 to feature Dark Themed Hub option
Twitter, Forums Speculation, Old Rumour
While BlackBerry did indeed have an operational Dark Hub in the early 10.3.0 stages, it was later abandoned with the official 10.3.0 - despite making an appearance in one or two 10.3.1 build.
This has been highly requested since early BlackBerry 10 and will likely remain a desired feature.
I am yet to see the Dark Hub in a 10.3.2 build, so far. At this time, there's no telling when or if it could be added. In my personal opinion, if we don't see it in a 10.3.2.1*** build, chances are we won't see it at all.
BlackBerry Slider to feature 8-core processor
Forums, Twitter, Fan Sites
Without trying to create a rumour, the BlackBerry Slider is supposed to come equipped with a 2560x1440 UHD screen. The device is also supposed to come with a bumped 16MP camera and 2K recording capabilities. According to insider sources, BlackBerry has been testing 64-bit architecture chipsets for about a year now. According to these same sources, BlackBerry is testing a Snapdragon MSM8994 processor with 8 CPU cores. This would boost from the Passport's 2.2GHz to a nice 2.5GHz.
Why would BlackBerry be interested in an 810 chip? Simple - it's QNX. With BMP (bound multiprocessing) QNX is able to take advantage of all 8 cores without skipping a beat - where other software manufacturers fail to; at least, in a true sense.
We'll have more details about the device soon.
New BlackBerry Beginning Testing In June 2015
Twitter, Unofficial Sources
Yes, BlackBerry is entering minor beta production and testing for a device in June of this year. Codenamed the Oslo, details are pretty slim at this point.
The only confirmations we can give about the device at this time are that the codename is aimed at the EU market and that it will likely feature the same MSM8994 processor said to be found in the BlackBerry Slider device.
Keep in mind, things change all the time; though you can be sure to find the latest details by following me on Twitter @DHabkirk, or staying tuned to BlackBerryCentral.com