BlackBerry is preparing to launch its first fingerprint-scanning smartphone.
According to new reports, details about the device were erroneously published, and then removed, on BlackBerry’s website. The new device is called the DTEK60, and appears to be the materialization of what had earlier been codenamed ‘Argon’.
Specifications listed on the temporary web page listed features like a 5.5″ QHD display, four GB of RAM, a 21MP rear camera and an eight MP front-facing camera. But perhaps the most striking aspect of the new device is its fingerprint sensor.
Given its longstanding emphasis on security, BlackBerry is arriving to the biometrics party surprisingly late. Fingerprints sensors now proliferate across a range of smartphone makes and models, and the cutting edge in mobile biometrics may now be iris scanning, thanks in part to high-profile devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note7.
Better late than never, of course. If BlackBerry is going to continue selling new smartphones, and if Acuity Market Intelligence is right in predicting that all smartphones shipped in 2018 will have fingerprint sensors, the DTEK60 may arrive just in time.