Last August, Blackberry announced that the last official device which they will make will be the DTEK50 and the DTEK60. Recent reports from the Canadian phone company's official Twitter account also states that it won't be manufacturing its own smartphones anymore.
Then this tweet happened just a month later:
It came as a surprise when another Twitter post from Blackberry stated that the DTEK50 and DTEK60—both touchscreen only smartphones—will definitely not be the last device we'll see from them.
Blackberry rose to fame thanks to their trademark qwerty keyboard phones. After scrapping the idea of manufacturing phones with physical keys, however, the company instead focused on making ones with touchscreens to keep up with the smartphone trend. Now, they're going retro so to speak by planning to launch one last phone with an actual keyboard.
The company's Chief Executive Officer John Chen confirmed that there was indeed another Blackberry phone on the way. “We have one keyboard phone I promised people," he said. "It's coming."
If you're a die-hard Blackberry fan, then you must know that the last Blackberry-manufactured phone with an actual keyboard was the Blackberry Priv which was released last year.
Some rumors claim that the device will sport a 4.5-inch HD bezel-free touchscreen with a keyboard under it. It might also feature 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage as well as a 2GHz octa core Snapdragon processor.
Like other smartphones in the market, the rumored Blackberry phone could boast a very competitive 18-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Like the Priv, it could also run on Android. However, there are no clear details as to the price and release date.
Whatever the real specs the phone may have, we're just all excited for Blackberry last hurrah. Though we're now all used to touchscreens, physical keyboards still have their benefits.