After a series of leaks over an extensiveperiod of time, BlackBerry, the company that said they’re not making phones in-house anymore, today finally unveiled their latest smartphone called the DTEK60. While this handset has been manufactured by TCL, BlackBerry says they were pretty involved with the design process, creating a relatively similar design to this year’s DTEK50 however with a much more premium vibe.
Like the 50, the DTEK60 promises to be one of the most secure smartphones on the market to date. BlackBerry claims this is possible thanks to Rapid Security Patching (in other words, the company will release security patches for this phone quickly and not wait around), the DTEK app which monitors basically every aspect of the phone for you, a Secure Boot Process, FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption, and more. And when considering their history, I wouldn’t be surprised if the company delivered on this promise. I mean, what more can you expect from BlackBerry, one of the only smartphone companies fully trusted by the US government?
Anyway, getting to the specs, the DTEK60 features nothing we weren’t already expecting. A 5.5-inch QHD display with an unnamed scratch- and fingerprint-resistant glass panel is present, alongside a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage via microSD card, a 21MP rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus, a dual-tone LED flash, and low light capabilities, an 8MP front camera, a fingerprint sensor on the back, a 3000mAh battery that’ll last “up to 24 hours of mixed use,” a USB-C port with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a planned upgrade to Nougat. You’re also getting all of BlackBerry’s various services preinstalled like the Hub, Launcher, Calendar, and Password Keeper. Overall, this is a pretty stellar package of specs and features, especially for the price.
Starting today, you can pick up the BlackBerry DTEK60 for just $499, a not-so-common price for a handset packing a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM. The US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands are seeing initial sales of the smartphone, while a couple of perks depending on where you live are included if you buy straight from ShopBlackBerry.com. For one, if you’re in the US or Canada, you’ll receive DTEK60 Soft Shell and Rapid Charger totally free, while those of you in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will receive a DTEK60 Pocket Case and Rapid Charger for free. If you want any of these accessories at no cost to you, you’ll have to order your DTEK60 by November 8th. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with just your new smartphone. Bummer.
In case you were curious, yes BlackBerry will market the DTEK60 as a smartphone for enterprises, but it’s still a pretty great consumer-oriented option if you lead a busy life style and need apps, services, and security from someone proven trustworthy. Overall, I’m pumped about this new device and hope to get my hands on it in the near future. Stay tuned!