In late September, one time smartphone giant BlackBerry announced it was outsourcing the development of it’s signature hardware to partners.
On Tuesday, BlackBerry released their second partner built device, the DTEK60.
Built by Chinese multinational TCL Corp., the DTEK60 is an android device running BlackBerry-developed software with a price tag of $650 CDN.
The DTEK60 features a 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, scratch-resistant glass, Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow), and 32 GB of internal storage.
It also includes a 21-megapixel primary rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, and a non-removable lithium-ion battery with up to 26 hours of talk time and 88 hours of music play. The device measures 154mm x 75mm x 7mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 165 grams.
The DTEK50 was the first of BlackBerry’s outsourced models, released in July, and was slightly smaller in design and power than the DTEK60.
BlackBerry has yet to release sales numbers on the DTEK50, but Senior VP for Global Device Sales, Alex Thurber, says the company is satisfied with it’s early returns.
“There are lot of options in the phone business today,” said Thurber, “there are lots of different brands and lots of different models, and we’re comfortable that the phones we have and that we are bringing out will have the features that our customer base are looking for”
With a smaller marketshare and workforce since it’s peak in 2012, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) announced it’s exit from the hardware business in September switching to a focus on software.