BlackBerry's latest Android-powered smartphone is the DTEK60

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Oct 25, 2016
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  1. BlackBerry on Tuesday launched the DTEK60, the company’s third – and perhaps final – Android-based smartphone.

    The DTEK60 features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 534 PPI) display powered by Qualcomm’s popular quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC with Adreno 530 graphics and 4GB of RAM. The handset also includes 32GB of local storage (expandable up to 2TB via microSD card), USB Type-C connectivity, a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera, an 8-megapixel front selfie cam and a fingerprint reader.

    A non-removable 3,000mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 technology is said to be good for up to 24 hours of mixed battery life. It’ll ship running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a heavy focus on BlackBerry's bread and butter: security.

    Less than a month ago, BlackBerry chief John Chen said he planned to end all internal hardware development – outsourcing that function to manufacturing partners – and move towards a software licensing model.

    The DTEK60 is based on the reference design of the TCL 950 meaning that BlackBerry didn’t really do much in the way of “manufacturing” aside from slapping its logo on the phone and installing various bits of software. Rebranding isn’t necessarily a bad thing and the specs of the device are representative of a high-end device but it is worth pointing out.

    The BlackBerry DTEK60 is available as of writing in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands for $499. Those that order directly from BlackBerry will receive a complementary accessory bundle consisting of a soft shell case (or pocket case, depending on your region) and a rapid charger.

    The company says availability in additional markets will be announced in the coming weeks.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,950

    Living off dividends from the past is a sure way to go bust eventually.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    "the company’s third – and perhaps final – Android-based smartphone."

    Blackberry will continue to make Android phones going forward.

    There is another device coming out after this one.

    And there seems to be a slightly negative tone in this write up.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2016
  4. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 570   +372

    Who the hell decide what is the name of the device. Make it simple and use the english dictionary.
    psycros and Reehahs like this.
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,875   +1,296

    There's a clueless Chinese guy running the company, and no doubt all his cousins are in key positions.
  6. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    I actually like the name sounds proper for a technical device.

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