BlackBerry has made it official that it will no longer be making its own smartphones. Instead, the company is outsourcing the process to third parties as it seeks to cut back on the expenses it keeps on incurring in its phone-making endeavours with little (if any) to no returns at all. Fair enough.
One of the new products of BlackBerry’s shift in focus from designing its own devices is the DTEK50, which, unlike the Priv, wasn’t designed by BlackBerry’s internal teams. Instead, its design and manufacturing is sourced from Chinese device maker TCL which also behind the Alcatel brand of smartphones. The DTEK50 borrows heavily from Alcatel’s latest flagship Idol smartphones.
Even with CEO John Chen making the admission that he did in the wake of the company’s latest financials, the DTEK50 isn’t the last BlackBerry smartphone yet. There’s the DTEK60 that we saw recently. Here it is in a new set of leaked images even as we remain uncertain about its future and whether we’ll still be seeing it in the wake of recent developments:
In case there’s need for any further validation, the ever-reliable Evan Blass already signed off on the DTEK60’s purported existence so it’s up to BlackBerry to hit the pedal.