BlackBerry to launch new keyboard smartphone soon

BlackBerry to launch new keyboard smartphone soon
Despite lower than expected sales of its DTEK50 smartphone, BlackBerry will continue to launch smartphones. Obviously, since the Canadian company has decided to stop producing them, they will be made by handset makers willing to pay for the license.

The latest BlackBerry smartphone launched on the market, the DTEK60 is the result of the collaboration between the Canadian company and Alcatel, just like the previous model.

But the DTEK60 won't be the last BlackBerry smartphone to be released on the market. During an interview for Bloomberg, the CEO John Chen confirmed that his company has another product in the pipeline.

It's a keyboard phone that BlackBerry promised to bring to its fans long before the DTEK60 was officially unveiled: “We have one keyboard phone I promised people. It’s coming,” said Chen during the interview.

Although he did not say when exactly the phone will be announced, he did confirmed that it's coming “soon,” so we shouldn't rule out a 2016 release for this BlackBerry keyboard phone.

John Chen also confirmed that his company is already in talks with two companies for the launch of BlackBerry smartphones, but he did not want to say their names. However, according to him, these companies come from China and India, and for the time being they come neck to neck.

That being said, it looks like BlackBerry fans are in for some nice surprises (hopefully) in the next couple of months, even though the Canadian company won't be manufacturing any smartphones for the moment.

source: Bloomberg via Crackberry



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Woah, nice to see that the iconic BlackBerry keyboard smartphones are still alive. BB Priv was good, albeit the SD808 SoC. Eagerly waiting for the next keyboard phone Chen has in store. I'm likely to hop on it, ASAP.

7. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

All they need to do is a Priv 2.0 w/ any Snapdragon 82x + 4000mAh battery call that a day. Hell even just do that and go back to FHD screen they'd win over some Pixel/Nexus refugees.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Wow. Good news. I have Dtek 50 already, but I just get BlackBerry Priv now. I thought I would not like it better than Dtek 50, but BlackBerry Priv is better phone because of physical keyboard. People still want physical keyboard phone, and BlackBerry make best keyboard phone. I am happy to see more physical keyboard phone from BlackBerry coming.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3155; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Now is not the time to skimp on devices. BlackBerry needs to continue putting out stellar equipment. If the DTEK60 is anything like the Idol 4S for Windows I just picked up yesterday, it's going to be a winner. I don't impress easily but this Alcatel is a coming-of-age phone for them. Samsung is going to pay dearly for their exploding Note 7 if people catch on with the DTEK60. I know this particular keyboard device will remain a niche unit but there's always hope.

8. Subie

Posts: 2394; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Still haven't seen that model on the Microsoft Store website, did you have to go through T-Mobile? I'm still thinking of purchasing the Dtek60 and if the Idol 4s was available through Microsoft I'd probably go crazy trying to decide between the two :)

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3155; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

T-Mobile only.

5. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I pray one of these has the form factor or the Bold 9930 with a larger screen and top notch specs running the latest version of Android. If so, I WILL buy this.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Wow. Meanestgenius has fan. Comment 3. What that saying? Imitation is sincere form of flattery? Very funny that account made on same day mxyzptlk get suspended from making comment. That is not coincidence.

11. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I didn't even realize this until now.

10. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

it will be a phone with midrange specs

13. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

problem with BB is that they always ask a premium price...


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Dtek 50 and Dtek 60 do not have premium price tag. Dtek 60 even have same spec as other top flagship today, top software by BlackBerry, and fast, constant security update by BlackBerry for $200 less than other top flagship today.

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