The TCL 950, the phone that the BlackBerry DTEK60 will be based on, has been officially unveiled

The TCL 950, the phone that the BlackBerry DTEK60 will be based on, has been officially unveiled
TCL, the company that owns the Alcatel brand, has just unveiled the TCL 950. If that doesn't sound too exciting, get this: this is the phone that will eventually get rebranded as the BlackBerry DTEK60.

Looking at the specs of the TCL 950, there are many interesting points to highlight. Starting with the processing power, the phone is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, which is the most processing power you can get on a phone unless you buy the Apple iPhone 7. The TCL 950 comes with 64GB of onboard storage, but a hybrid microSD card slot is there to help just in case users need more storage.

The display is a 5.5-inch AMOLED unit running at a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. Sure, it's not the 1440 by 2560 (QHD) pixel resolution that most current-gen flagships sport, but the crispness should be enough for most users and there are also battery life advantages to consider. TCL says that the display can reach a maximum brightness of 500 nits, which should suffice for outdoor legibility. 

At this point, we should note that the display of the BlackBerry DTEK60 will most likely be upgraded to a 1440 by 2560 panel, as previously leaked by BlackBerry itself. 

The TCL 950 comes with glass on both the front and the back, met in between by an aluminum frame. The display is covered by a curved glass layer but note that the display itself is not curved. The phone measures just 6.99mm across its waist. 

We're still waiting for more detailed pics of the TCL 950, but for your reference, here are a few renders of the BlackBerry DTEK60 which surfaced online yesterday:


In the camera department, the main shooter is a 21MP Sony IMX230 sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there's an 8MP selfie shooter with the same aperture. That looks like a potent camera setup if we've ever seen one. 

Other specs for the TCL 950 include a fingerprint sensor located on the back (just below the primary camera), stereo speakers, as well as a multi-function key that users can customize to their own liking. 

All of these components will be powered by a 3000mAh battery with support for Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0.

The TCL 950 will be available in either Silver or Gold, but, at the moment, there's no word on pricing or release date.

At this point, we're not sure if the TCL 950 will ever make it to the US. However, we're very confident that the BlackBerry DTEK60, which will be the same phone but with BlackBerry branding and possibly a different Android implementation, will definitely be made available to US customers.

What do you guys think of the TCL 950? Does this make you excited about the upcoming BlackBerry DTEK60?

source: TCL

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DTEK60
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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