BlackBerry was a very successful company back in the day, but with Android-based devices gaining more and more popularity, it slowly but surely lost a lot of customers because the execs would not drop their own operating system, which obviously wasn’t appealing anymore. In 2015, things began to look better for the Canadian phone maker as it switched to Android and launched the first device running Google’s OS, the BlackBerry PRIV.
The smartphone was based on Android, but it also came with most of the software features which the fans of the brand had be familiar with. It was the first step of a new era for BlackBerry, a firm which currently doesn’t manufacture its own phones, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t come up with new offerings. BlackBerry just introduced a new handset called DTEK60, which comes as an upgrade to the budget-friendly FTEK50 which was launched a while ago. However, the DTEK60 offers higher-end specs.
The phone is priced at $499, and the consumers will get quite a powerful product in exchange for their money. First of all, the BlackBerry DTEK60 has a 5.5-inch screen that has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and it;s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor. Looking at the hardware components, we can compare the DTEK60 with most of the flagships already present on the market. Furthermore, the device has a fingerprint scanner placed on the back side, where the 21 MP primary camera is located as well.
Moreover, the phone includes all the BlackBerry applications. In the software department, the smartphone will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, but the company promised that it won’t take a long time until it will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Other specific features are rhe hardware button located on the right side of the terminal that can be customized, but also some security-related functions such as the Hardware Root of Trust.
The battery cell of the BlackBerry DTEK60 has a capacity of 3,000 mAh, while the phone integrates 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of native storage that can be expanded via microSD card. The battery has support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 which is done through the USB Type-C port, which also provides fast data transfer. Nevertheless, while it’s a shame that a Rapid Charger will not be part of the package, the manufacturer will offer a free one or phone case depending on the market. This if you buy the handset directly from the company. The offer is available until the 8th of November. The DTEK60 is sold by BlackBerry in some regions already including the United States, Canada, the UK and some European countries. The price will varies depending on the country, but will not be steep in any of them.