A water-resistant BlackBerry phone is coming this October to lure iPhone and Galaxy users away

A water-resistant BlackBerry phone is coming this October to lure iPhone and Galaxy users away
Not long after hearing that two new BlackBerry smartphones were in the making, we can now confirm that at least one of them is coming soon.

Engadget has it that an all-touch, keyboard-less BlackBerry handset will be released sometime in October. This will be a dust- and water-resistant device (IP67-certified), in a first for a BlackBerry phone. The news comes from François Mahieu, Global General Manager at TCL - the company that's now manufacturing BlackBerry-branded phones (in collaboration with BlackBerry itself, which takes care of the software side).

The idea behind this new BlackBerry handset, which will run Android, is to allow users to benefit from its features in all weather conditions. 

While you won't be able to take the phone for a dive, thanks to its IP67 certification, you'll certainly have no problems using it under rain, or while at the pool. Apparently, the device will pack a generous battery, too - with "mixed use", this should last at least 26 hours. If that's true, we're likely talking about 2 days of normal usage on a single charge.

Interestingly, François Mahieu says that TCL expects some iPhone and Samsung Galaxy users to switch to the new BlackBerry once this becomes available, thanks to its "durability and longevity." Well, we'll be waiting to see if that happens.

For now, there are no other details about this upcoming BlackBerry smartphone, but it's pretty clear that it's going to be different from the KeyOne - released earlier this year with a hardware QWERTY keyboard in tow. To some degree, the new device could resemble the BlackBerry DTEK 60 (the last all-touch BlackBerry phone, available since 2016 and pictured above).

We don't know if this water-resistant handset is the recently mentioned BlackBerry BBD100-1. If it is, it could be a mid-range-ish device with features including a Snapdragon 626 processor, a 1080p screen, and 4 GB of RAM.

TCL and BlackBerry might want to share new information about their water-resistant phone at IFA 2017 (September 1 - September 6). Stay tuned!

source: Engadget

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34 Comments

1. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Productive, reliable build, and secure. All I can ask for.

6. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I don't know. The Priv and the KeyONE has me thinking differently.

18. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

A little research goes a long way, Zach updated the durability test on the revised construction batch of KeyOne's and the screen is now practically cemented to the frame. Say what you will but that's better than simply blaming the consumer for defects, like Apple and OnePlus are cool with.

20. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I am well aware of that. Nice deflection btw. No one said anything about Apple or Oneplus.

21. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Well on a more accurate note, most companies would come up with any excuse to not take responsibility. Those are two prime examples.

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL you triggered him when you mentioned Apple, now you're on his hate list, he will disagree with you regardless of what you say. Apparently he thinks it's okay when he deflects, but not others.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you're well aware, why keep dwelling on it, when the KEYone no longer has the issue? Oh, because you're trolling. That's right.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. All BlackBerry Android devices provide exactly that.

2. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

BlackBerry Active? Sounds like a great idea

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed.

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Pass...

4. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I agree. I'll pass. It certainly won't stop me from getting a Pixel 2 or getting the iPhone should I decide to go with the iphone again.

5. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Unless it's unlocked for ALL carriers with an affordable price, then I don't see blackberry luring fans away from the iPhone or the Galaxy S devices. For the record, I thought blackberry wasn't competing against those phones? Looks like a select few are WRONG again.

34. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think your needle is skipping, Mxy.

7. irossdrummer

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

And the luring will fail, look at those bezels!!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's The DTEK60 in the photo shown, not the actual device. You're welcome.

12. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Yup, but you might want to be careful. You're going to upset him with the truth.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

See what you've done? You've got a dckrider getting all giddy and believing the false info you put out there.

17. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

The facts just burns this guy. He's a certified lapdog trying to project.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

What facts? That it's a DTEK60 in the photo? Oh yeah, I'm "burned" because I pointed out the truth. You are a complete trolling idiot.

27. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1174; Member since: May 01, 2017

That's not even the actual phone...

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now this is interesting. Definitely want to hear and see more concerning this. I believe this may be the same handset that was talked about in the earlier PA article, but we'll see. I could just see the hate and backlash because of the title alone, especially from the resident trolls and haters that have been touched by a BlackBerry in the past. It's apparent that a few of them are here and in pain already, and one in particular didn't read the source article and has given in to the title alone, lol.

14. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Some people consider everything they read as hate and backlash. They are too one-sided to see anything other than what they want to see. They have their own yes accounts agree with themselves. I stand by with what I said because I don't bite my tongue at all.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, triggered much? You obviously are taking my comment personal. Must have wounded your megalomania with the facts. Yes, you do have multiple accounts that you use to troll. Your Flash account is a prime example, mxyzptlk. Yeah, you bite something, but it isn't your tongue, that's for sure. And don't lie and run, you made your comment because of what I said, and that's why you used the same words that I used, like "hate" and "backlash".

31. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You just perfectly described yourself when you are in an Apple article. The hypocrisy! LMAO [prepares for another "fake " reply with no real counter to my claim]

15. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Just sit down with AGM, make it an X3 with Snapdragon 660 and a hefty battery then we're all set.

16. Subie

Posts: 2272; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'd like to see some actual leaked pictures now please! This device sounds more and more promising. I think it's a stretch though that they'd lure away iPhone users.

19. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Hopefully it's a successor to the DTEK60 with more memory than 32GB.

25. Subie

Posts: 2272; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yet a lot of the specs given are a downgrade from the current Dtek60. IMO this would be more of a Dtek50 successor. But without a proper press release it's all just speculation as to how they're going to position and market this device.

26. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Updates aside from security patches are completely neglected by Blackberry, so I don't think they're going to lure anything besides more debt.

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