Blackberry is expected to launch two new phones over the next year. One of them is the DTEK60 - formerly referred to as the Argon - and by the sounds of it, this will be the company's 2016 flagship phone. It's a big, all touchscreen device with a powerful processor and support for the latest Quick Charge and Type-C connectivity.
When it does eventually launch, it will be the second Android phone released by BlackBerry this year, and sits just above the DTEK50 in the all-touch range.
BlackBerry DTEK60: Design
There isn't a great dearth of information about the DTEK60, but it is going to be an all-touch device, rather than a portrait slider hiding a physical keyboard underneath. That could mean that the Priv form factor is short-lived and that the only keyboard-equipped device in BlackBerry's lineup for 2016/17 is the mid-range Mecury.
From the leaked renders that appeared recently, it appears as though the DTEK60 will look very similar to the Alcatel Idol 4S, albeit with a slightly different texture on the back. Further renders leaked by ncix.com corroborated those rumours. That suggests BlackBerry is taking a similar approach to the DTEK60 as it did with the DTEK50, which is basically a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4.
Given BlackBerry has started using TCL Communications' reference designs, it's a fairly safe assumption to make. Especially when you look at its measurements.
BlackBerry leaked some DTEK60 specs on its own site, which included the size and dimensions of the device. At 153.9mm tall, 75.4mm wide and 7mm thin, it has exactly the same measurements as the Idol 4S.
BlackBerry. pic.twitter.com/rZ1iNSeEpd— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 27, 2016
Its design is also clearly hinted at in a recent leak by Evan Blass on Twitter, which also seemingly confirms the brand name.
Like the DTEK50, the DTEK60 will have the customisable BlackBerry Convenience key which is programmable to launch any apps or functions you want it to, and mutes calls during an active phone call.
BlackBerry DTEK60: Display
Just like the BlackBerry Priv, the DTEK60 will feature a large 5.5-inch AMOLED display boasting Quad HD resolution, if BlackBerry's own prematurely published specifications are anything to go by. That means we'll see a pixel density of around 534ppi (pixels per inch).
There were rumours that we'd see the same curved edges found on the PRIV, but given that this is likely to look exactly like the Alcatel smartphone, it's more likely we'll just see some very subtle curvature right at the edges of the glass rather than full-on curves.
BlackBerry DTEK60:: Camera
Blackberry is upping the ante on its camera this year, at least when it comes to the number of pixels packed in to the sensor. The DTEK60 is listed as having a 21-megapixel sensor in its rear camera, and an 8-megapixel sensor on the front camera.
BlackBerry DTEK60: Hardware specs
The hardware spec-list, at the moment, reads like the spec sheet of almost every other flagship out there. That means we're looking forward to seeing 4GB of RAM, 32GB storage and a 3,000mAh battery all built in to a device featuring a fingerprint scanner, Quick Charge 3.0 support and a Type-C connector.
As for the processor, it seems BlackBerry is going with the top-end version of Qualcomm's processor family, and will equip the DTEK60 with the Snapdragon 820 processor.
The Type C port on the bottom edge will support full USB 2.0, which is more than usual 1.0 support we're used to seeing on phones. Storage will be expandable via microSD card, up to an extra 2TB, and the phone will ship with a USB Type C to Type A connector.
BlackBerry DTEK60:: Release date and price
According to a member of Howard Forums, the BlackBerry Argon/DTEK60 will have a price to match its flagship specifications, although it may still be slightly cheaper than the Priv was when it launched.
In the US, it's rumoured to cost between $600-$700 USD, which means it will more than likely cost between £500-£600 in the UK. With it having just passed through the FCC certification process, it suggests we're going to see it fairly soon. We're expecting it to land in October, just before the holiday season kicks off in earnest.
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