Rumors: Blackberry DTECK70 or Blackberry Keyone

After months of waiting, we finally have our first images of the next in-house designed BlackBerry – the DTEK70 (allegedly) or the Blackberry Keyone.

If you aren’t familiar, which we find unlikely, the handset pictured below is said to be the last QWERTY device BlackBerry will release based on internal designs; rather than the outsourced DTEK50 and DTEK60 devices. A Weibo user posted two images of the device earlier today, which we enhanced (a pinch) in order to spot the keyboard a little bit better.

R U M O U R E D  S P E C S:

  • Qualcomm 8953 (Snapdragon 625)
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • 4.5″ OLED Screen (3:2 DAR)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM
  • 18MP Rear Camera (Schneider-Kreuznach®)
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • 3400mAh Capacity Battery

A c t u a l  S p e c s.

Processor Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3505 mAh battery

Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
16M colors
4.5 inches (~55.6% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 1620 pixels (~434 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4

12 MP
Phase detection autofocus
Dual-LED (dual tone) flash
1/2.3” sensor size
1.55µm pixel size
Touch focus
Face Detection

Secondary 8 MP
1.12 µm pixel size



Update: BlackBerry Android Nougat Update

BlackBerry was VERY slow with its Android Marshmallow update, but seeing as the company is pretty much brand new to the whole Android update saga, we’ll cut it some slack.

The company is more focussed on securing Google’s platform and refining the overall experience of using the software on its current PRIV model, which is fine — we like what they’re doing. A lot.

With this in mind, it is difficult to make assumptions about Android N for the PRIV or, indeed, BlackBerry’s upcoming Android phones. It could do a complete 180º and get the update out in double-quick time, which would be awesome.

This isn’t all that likely though, so for now we’ll err on the side of caution and predict a Q2 2017 release for Android N on BlackBerry phones.

BlackBerry recently launched the BlackBerry DTEK60 which is a higher-specced version of its very compelling sub-$200 BlackBerry DTEK50 – AKA the most secure Android phone in the world. The DTEK60 has better specs, specs more in-line with today’s flagship handsets, but it runs the same excellent Android build as its predecessors, the Priv and DTEK50.

“With the DTEK60, BlackBerry continues to focus on our strengths: state-of-the-art software and security solutions. When you see our logo it means security, from our class-leading enterprise software to devices secured by BlackBerry software,” said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.


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