BlackBerry reportedly launching smartphone with physical keyboard

BlackBerry reportedly launching smartphone with physical keyboard [Photo: fizkes via iStock]

BlackBerry is reportedly working on a new smartphone featuring the physical keyboard the brand was so famous for when it first came to people’s attention.

The new device is thought to be called the DTEK70, following on from the recent DTEK50 and DTEK60.

It has long been known that BlackBerry would release a series of three Android-powered smartphones, so the launch of a new device would follow the schedule.

Images of the device have appeared on BlackBerryCentral.com, reportedly leaked from BlackBerry. However, some experts have questioned whether they are genuine. Despite the concerns over the images being legitimate or fake, BlackBerry is likely going to be launching a new Android smartphone.

It is expected that the DTEK70 – code named the ‘Mercury’ – will be released in quarter one of 2017 and is thought that it might be closer in price to the DTEK50 than the more recent DTEK60.

This would imply that the spec will be more in line with what was offered by the DTEK50. This may surprise some, who originally thought that the last BlackBerry smartphone would be a flagship device.

It could mean that the new device will come with a Snapdragon 625 processor, which would run at 2.02GHz.

Giving this idea more authority is the fact the DTEK70 has been spotted on the Geekbench browser. Geekbench revealed that the new device could come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 4.5 inch HD display and a 3,400mAh battery.

It will likely possess an 18MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera.

The DTEK70 will run on Android, and it is thought that it will come with the latest Nougat operating system. It will be the last smartphone designed and manufactured by BlackBerry before it moves its business focus to software only.