I remember back when I was loyal to BlackBerry. It was 2009 and all my friends had an iPhone, but I just hated the idea of a phone without an actual keyboard. I also loved BlackBerry Messenger, which we affectionately (and technically) referred to as BBM. Well, like everyone else I caved, bought an iPhone and I’ve never looked back. But BlackBerry apparently isn’t done with Android smartphones yet. Rumors always swirl in the world of smartphones and in the days preceding the announcement of the oddly named DTEK50, there were rumors about “Neon” and “Argon”, even a “Mercury” smartphones coming up. Turns out the DTEK50 was the rumored “Neon” and apparently, Argon is going to be the DTEK60 after all. This is all according to a product page that was “accidentally” published by BlackBerry itself. Whether it was an accident or not, no one knows.
The “accidentally published” page was for both the DTEK50 and the DTEK60, but the DTEK60 clearly outranks the actually existing smartphone. It has a 5.5-inch QHD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, USB-C, and BlackBerry’s suite of security and enterprise software for Android. Like Samsung and iPhone, the BlackBerry DTEK60 will have a fingerprint scanner, but the DTEK50 will not. Neither will have a keyboard, which seems a departure from BlackBerry’s one saving grace. While the DTEK60 specs are pretty cool, they are high end and will certainly have a higher price tag contradicting BlackBerry’s promise of new affordable models.