Octa-core BlackBerry reportedly in the works for 2015

Rumors for a new phone BlackBerry's working on include a super-charged processor and a debut a year away.

BlackBerry Z30
The BlackBerry Z30, released without much fanfare, is the latest device we've seen from the ailing phone-maker. Sarah Tew/CNET

A new rumor of an unreleased BlackBerry smartphone is picking up steam on Monday, with BlackBerry-watcher site N4BB claiming that the struggling device-maker is working on a phone with an octa-core processor by the summer of 2015.

The mystery phone will apparently use Qualcomm's eight-core Snapdragon MSM8994 chipset, which relies on 64-bit architecture to attain it's up-to-2.5GHz speeds per core.

In the meantime, we're already seeing our first eight-core Android smartphones cropping up, and Apple has set the tone for 64-bit mobile computing with its iPhone 5S.

BlackBerry fans shouldn't have to wait until 2015 to see a new device. Rumors are building of a quad-core phone code-named Ontario, which runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chip.

With BlackBerry's future so uncertain, all we can do is watch and wait.

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