BlackBerry DTEK60 Specs & Features: MASSIVE Update on DTEK50

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BlackBerry is no longer making its own handsets. From now on the company will use OEM partnerships, just like Google did for its Nexus programme: 

John Chen, the company’s executive chairman and chief executive, said: “We are focusing on software development, including security and applications. The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners. This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”

Following on from the DTEK50, BlackBerry’s much leaked and rumoured second Android device in the series has now been officially launched as the BlackBerry DTEK60. As with the DTEK50, the DTEK60 is based on an existing Alcatel design, in this case the Idol 4S, and once again its a touch-display only device with none of BlackBerry’s old QWERTY keyboard habits present.

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The design features a metal outer frame and glass body panels for both front and back. On the front is a 5.5in touch display with a QHD resolution, while inside you’re looking at a meaty spec line-up including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. You also get a sizeable 3,000mAh battery cell, Type-C USB connectivity, a fingerprint scanner, and a programmable key on the phone’s frame.

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BlackBerry has departed from the low MP camera trend and instead opted for a 21MP sensor on the rear which does give a noticable bump to the back panel. The front-facing secondary is an 8MP setup.

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On the software side we’re looking at Android 6.0 Marshmallow out the box with plans for a Nougat update in the future. As with BlackBerry’s other Android devices, it has tweaked Google’s OS extensively in order to enhance security, including a secure bootloader, and “Hardware Root of Trust”. The software package has also been polished for BlackBerry’s business angle with added productivity applications.

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Again, as with the firm’s other Android offerings, the DTEK60 is availble SIM-free via the BlackBerry online webstore and partnered retailers, and in this mode you can get it for an RRP of $499

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