Despite the moderate box-office success of its rookie Android-based hardware effort, BlackBerry is still looking to release no less than three new phones running the world’s most popular OS over the next few months, according to rock-solid sources.
The first of the bunch is arguably the least glamorous model, and should go official later today ahead of a commercial rollout a month down the line. In case early renders, a recently leaked pic starring the device’s rear, as well as chatter around the interwebs, didn’t make it clear enough, we now have confirmation the BlackBerry Neon, or Hamburg, is merely a repackaged, rebranded Alcatel Idol 4.
Also referred to as DTEK50, this mid-range 5.2-incher could carry an entirely different market moniker, which alongside retail pricing, remain the only lingering question marks here. Everything else was inadvertently revealed on the Canadian company’s website, including a frontal shot of the security-enhanced TCL-made handheld.
Tipping the scales at 135 grams, and measuring 7.4mm in depth, the “DTEK50” can barely accommodate a 2,610 mAh battery good for up to 17 hours “mixed” use. A respectable octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor runs the performance show, coupled with 3GB RAM, while the 16GB flash memory is microSD expandable. The scratch-resistant display sports Full HD resolution, and both the 13 and 8MP cameras feature LED flash.