New BlackBerry device (BBC100-1) spotted in the wild


As we learned earlier this week, future BlackBerry devices will be designed, manufactured and supported exclusively by TCL, the company behind Alcatel. Though BlackBerry bowed out of the smartphone development game a couple of months back, handsets bearing the company's famed branding will still be rolled out in the future. Speaking of BB's upcoming endeavors, a seemingly new device has just popped up on the website of Indonesian regulator POSTEL.

Unfortunately, the leak doesn't provide us with much info. The model number is BBC100-1, which is uniform with the already-released DTEK60 (BBA100-1) and the so-called 'Mercury' mid-ranger spotted back in October (BBB100-1). Rumor has it that the Mercury device, which is set to include a Snapdragon 625 SoC and Android 7.0 Nougat, will arrive with the trademark BlackBerry keyboard given its small 4.5-inch display. There's a chance that the newly-spotted BBC100-1 could also follow suit in this regard, but we'll have to wait for more substantial to establish what is in the works. 

One thing prospective BlackBerry owners can be sure of is the firm's strong security suite, which it continues to develop and bake into its Android-powered handsets. For all of its shortcomings on the hardware front, BlackBerry's software division has continued to thrive, and many consumers and enterprise users still swear by it. 

source: POSTEL via GSMArena

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18 Comments

1. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Blackberry why did you chose Tcl why not Foxconn ugh. John chen is ruining the company somebody please fire him Asap#

2. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Theyre doing better than before

4. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

You are right, mottykels, my friend!

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BlackBerry DTEK60 is from TCL, and that's a great device.

17. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Agreed! TCL is a better partner imo.

3. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

I wish this device will be GSM+CDMA which can be used on both Verizon, Sprint, US cellular in the USA, Perfectum in Uzbekistan and T-Mobile, AT&T in the USA, Beeline, Ucell, Uzmobile, UMS in Uzbekistan

5. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

For anyone outside Indonesia getting excited, dont. It's highly likely this device will remain Indonesian exclsuive, as the license partner is Tiphone (subsidiary of the largest carrier), not TCL, in Indonesia.

7. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

you can connect with me, WPX00, my email is iamuzbekman at gmail. see you there

6. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Nice try BlackBerry, but 4.5 inches is not a BBC...

8. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

you can connect with me, PHYCLOPSH, my email is iamuzbekman at gmail. see you there

9. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

If I remember correctly, there were no formal legal 'street' release dates for any 'hot' products (not that such applies to Blackberry) before the original NES launch in 1985. ColecoVision, Atari pre-7800, corresponding games at the time..as well as toy dolls such as the original Cabbage Patch Kids were simply put on the shelves when stores got around to it...Now imagine if Apple quietly releases the next iPhone say in June in-store only on a first-come, first-serve basis and with no initial mention on the website. I can imagine the mob scene (would be like parents fighting in store aisles over those Cabbage Patch Kid dolls in 1983 - but this time now their spoiled bratty kids or grandkids).

10. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

you can connect with me, my friends, my email is iamuzbekman at gmail. see you there

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

More good news. Great to see BlackBerry handsets will be available around the world from the Indonesian joint venture (Indonesia only), and TCL (most of the world). I believe there's also upcoming news about BlackBerry having a hardware partner in India as well, that will cover that region.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

4.5 inches... Is that a sequel to the BB Passport?

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3138; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No. The Passport had a 1:1 aspect ratio. This one will be 3:2.

14. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

This news is lit. We 'bout to see hella BlackBerry phones on the market between this and the TCL deal.

16. LiveFaith

Posts: 475; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Bring Note like stylus and functions and I would switch. BBs first Android phone was fabulous. I'm a big stylus user on the Note, but this would make me switch.

18. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

The DTEK60 is the best bang for your buck if you're looking for a high end 5.5" device. It's basically the same as the Google Pixel but costs $300 less. The DTEK60 also has a better camera, BlackBerry's software (like the HUB etc) and has real encryption and security. Again, for $300 less than the Pixel.

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