Having transitioned from their own OS to Android with the PRIV last year, the BlackBerry has gone on to launch its second Android smartphone, called the DTEK50, earlier this year. Now, if all the leaks, rumors and online listings are anything to go by, BlackBerry Inc. is apparently getting ready to launch its third Android smartphone in the coming days. The device is expected to be named the DTEK60, and will be available for purchase worldwide unlike the DTEK50, which was launched only in select markets. One of the countries where BlackBerry plans to launch the upcoming handset is Germany, and that is exactly where our latest DTEK60 news comes from.
According to reports coming out of Germany earlier today, the country’s largest retailer, MediaMarkt, will start offering the DTEK60 from the 25th of this month at a price of €600 ($660). It isn’t entirely clear, however, as to whether the device will be put up for pre-order on that date or whether MediaMarkt will actually start general sales from that day. Either way, the rumored price-tag looks significantly higher than what many North American retailers are asking for the device. The smartphone was recently put up for pre-order on a number of American and Canadian e-commerce sites including, NCIX, Staples Canada and B&H Photo Video. While the two Canadian retailers are quoting CAD 699 ($535) for the unlocked 32GB model, B&H in the US was asking for $500 from those wanting to pre-order the device.
While BlackBerry is yet to officially announce its upcoming premium smartphone, many of its key hardware specs have already been leaked online on more than one occasion. The DTEK60 is expected to be designed and manufactured by TCL, much like the DTEK50 that was launched earlier this year and was thought to be a re-branded Alcatel Idol 4 for the most part. According to all the listings that have popped up over the past few weeks, the upcoming device will feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display panel and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. It will come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while imaging options will include a 21-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone will also include a fingerprint scanner, an NFC chip and a 3,000 mAh battery.