BlackBerry debuts latest smartphone - Mobile World Live

BlackBerry debuts latest smartphone

26 OCT 2016

BlackBerry unveiled its Dtek60 smartphone, amid the company’s shift away from developing its own devices.

Indeed, the company highlighted how Dtek60 aligns with its future model – “the Dtek60’s hardware is manufactured by TCL and comes equipped with the trusted security software BlackBerry is known for”. It was not so explicit on this partnership when it announced Dtek50 recently.

Dtek60 is the company’s third Android-powered device, and predates BlackBerry’s refocus. The Register describes it as BlackBerry’s “penultimate” in-house device, meaning one more is in the works.

Dtek60 is a higher-spec device than Dtek50. It has a 5.5-inch quad-HD display (compared with 5.2-inch full HD), is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (Snapdragon 617 for Dtek50), and has more generous RAM and storage provisions (4GB/32GB versus 3GB/16GB, both with expansion slot).

It also has a bigger battery (3000mAh versus 2610mAh), better main camera (21MP compared with 13MP) and, unlike the earlier device, has a fingerprint scanner.

Unsurprisingly, BlackBerry’s focus was on the device’s software and security capabilities. “It comes equipped with all the security features that BlackBerry’s Android OS devices have, including best-in-class security patching and the DTEK by BlackBerry app that allows users to monitor and control their privacy on their phone,” the vendor said.

Dtek60 is available from BlackBerry in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK and US, priced at $499/€579. Additional channels and markets will follow.

The earlier Dtek50 came in at $299.


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