BlackBerry could be saving money on its “mobility solutions” unit not by giving it up entirely — to investors’ chagrin — but through an ODM agreement.
Roland Quandt of WinFutre.de picked up a Wi-Fi Alliance certification dated June 24 for a TCL Communications (or, Alcatel to the consumer side) device with model number STH100-2.
Blackberry Hamburg STH100-2 (5.2in FHD, SD615 etc) is made by TCL/ALCATEL! Blackberry outsourcing production/design? pic.twitter.com/m9ope583Ox
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 25, 2016
Big caveat here: as of this post, the certificate cannot be found on the Wi-Fi Alliance site — meaning that the product listed is no longer public. Also, the product name, DTEK 50™, has no relation to other codenames being bandied about by the rumor mill currently (Neon, Argon and Mercury). DTEK, however, is a BlackBerry-made privacy management app that was introduced for the Priv.
In BlackBerry’s most recent earnings call, CEO John Chen told of Waterloo’s transition from hardware manufacturing to just design, shifting all the muscle-work to an ODM partner.
“I do design, I don’t really make hardware,” Chen said.
Chen promised to go at length about the company’s future phones sometime in July.