New BlackBerry phone leaked in website publishing misfire

A page clearly named “donotpublish.html” made its way onto BlackBerry.com on Sept. 20, revealing specifications for the BlackBerry DTEK60 – the apparent successor to the DTEK50 released in August.

Codenamed Argon, the device may be one of the several that BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said the firm will launch before the end of March. If BlackBerry isn’t profitable in the handset business by then, it may very well exit the handset business.

As described on the page – which has been removed from the BlackBerry.com website but is still available via Google’s cache – the DTEK60 will be a larger version of the DTEK50 with a better camera, and improved internal specs. Notably, there’s mention of a fingerprint scanner on the device, which would be the first on a BlackBerry.

A removed webpage from BlackBerry.com lists specs for the unannounced DTEK60.
A removed webpage from BlackBerry.com lists specs for the unannounced DTEK60.

The screen will be  larger 5.5″ and a higher resolution of 2560 x 1440, with 534 pixels per inch. The rear camera is listed as a 21 megapixel camera with auto-focus and 4K video recording, with a dual tone LED Flash. The CPU and RAM get a bump up in performance, to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit Quad-Core CPU at 2.15 GHz / 1.6 GHz. There’s 4 GB of RAM for memory and 32 GB of Flash storage.

The bigger device will also get a bigger battery, storing 3,000 mAH and lasting for up to 24 hours of mixed device usage.

Just as with the DTEK50, there’s no hardware keyboard, just the onscreen touch keyboard. Following the trend with other BlackBerry devices launched recently, it runs on Android.

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Editorial director of IT World Canada. Covering technology as it applies to business users. Multiple COPA award winner and now judge. Paddles a canoe as much as possible.

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