THE SO-CALLED BlackBerry DTEK70, codenamed 'Mercury' and tipped to be the firm's final smartphone to be made in-house, has appeared in spy shots online.
The images (above) surfaced on Chinese social network Weibo (where else?) and shows off the BlackBerry Priv look-a-like in all its glory.
No further information was leaked alongside the image, but the shots confirm that BlackBerry will bring another keyboard-equipped smartphone to market, and one that packs a huge front-facing camera sensor. It also confirms that the device will arrive running Android, although it's not clear which version of the OS the DTEK70 is packing.
While this is the first time we've seen a non-blurry image of the smartphone, likely to launch as the BlackBerry DTEK70, it's not the first we've heard about the device.
According to previous rumours, the handset will pack a 4.5in HD display alongside its full QWERTY keyboard and will come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor backed up by 3GB RAM.
There's also talk that the BlackBerry DTEK70 will sport an 18MP camera sensor on its rear, an 8MP front-facing camera 3GB built-in storage, a 3,400mAh battery, USB-C connectivity and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the keyboard's space bar.
There's no word as to how much the handset will cost at launch, but BlackBerry CEO John Chen previously hinted that the firm's next release will be cheaper than the Priv.
He said: "A lot of enterprise customers have said to us: 'I want to buy your phone but $700 is a little too steep for me. I'm more interested in a $400 device."
The BlackBerry DTEK70 is expected to make its debut in the first quarter of 2017, although exact date has yet been given. µ
Hold the front page
Bluesky's the limit
Might need to come up with a better name though
There's an app for *that*