BlackBerry Ltd is believed to be working on an Android-powered smartphone dubbed the DTEK70 also known as BlackBerry Mercury.
The DTEK70 would feature a QWERTY keyboard, according to information leaked on Chinese social network Weibo. Rumors suggest that the DTEK70, the third device in the company’s DTEK Android phone series, might be launched in the first quarter of 2017.
In 2016, the company launched DTEK 60, featuring a 21 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera, 3000 mAh battery, 5.5-inch display and 4GB RAM.
Images posted on Chinese social network Weibo show a device similar to the BlackBerry Priv, which was launched in 2015.
The DTEK70 is rumored to feature a keyboard. Last year, the company’s CEO John Chen told Bloomberg that they are planning to launch a new keyboard phone. “We have one keyboard phone I promised people,” Chen said in an interview with Bloomberg TV in Canada.
According to the rumors mill, the DTEK70 would feature a 4.5-inch HD display, a QWERTY keyboard, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It would come with a 3GB RAM, a 3,400mAh battery, and USB-C connectivity.
The Android-powered device is said to boast an 18MP camera sensor on its rear with an 8MP front-facing camera. The phone might have a Gorilla glass protection which can protect the handset from minor falls.
BlackBerry Ltd might add a fingerprint sensor integrated into the keyboard’s space bar for enhanced security.
Release Date and Price
Rumors suggest that the DTEK70 will be less expensive than the BlackBerry Priv.
The company’s CEO Chen had said that the firm’s upcoming handset will be priced lower than the Priv. “A lot of enterprise customers have said to us: ‘I want to buy your phone but $700 is a little too steep for me. I’m more interested in a $400 device,” the CEO said. So, it’s safe to assume that the device would be priced at around $450. Some reports suggest that the DTEK70 will be offered at $350.
As far as the release date is concerned, the DTEK70 is expected to be released in the first quarter this year. Rumors suggest that the phone will arrive between January and March.
BlackBerry Ltd is keeping its lips tight about the purported DTEK70. We expect that the Canadian tech firm will release information about the phone in coming days.
The DTEK70 is expected to be the last smartphone developed completely in-house by BlackBerry. The company decided to stop manufacturing phones and moves from hardware to software and security business. The tech firm signed a deal with a Chinese company, TCL, which will design, manufacture and sell BlackBerry-branded mobile devices. B
lackBerry is going to explore opportunities in mobile software and security business. It raised its outlook on profitability for 2017, saying that it is “on track to deliver 30% growth” in its total software and services revenues for the full fiscal year.