BlackBerry, even though it heavily refocused toward software, has not entirely given up on selling phones, so a Chinese company called TCL is building BlackBerry-branded models.
Sure enough, BlackBerry’s new 5.5-inch DTEK60 is very similar to the Alcatel Idol 4S.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, as Alcatel sells solid phones on the cheap, and the DTEK60 has some improvements in terms of specs. Besides the 5.5-inch QHD display, the highlights are the fingerprint scanner on the back, the 3,000mAh battery and a microSD slot (BlackBerry doesn’t say how much storage memory the phone has). The 21-megapixel rear camera on the DTEK60, however, is more powerful than Alcatel’s 16-megapixel one.
It’s too early to give any sort of verdict on the DTEK60, but it would be unfair to compare it to the top flagships of today. It’s a phone with solid specs and some robust security software (and, finally, a fingerprint scanner), which is what BlackBerry is aiming for, unexciting design be damned.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 is available now from BlackBerry’s website with the price tag of $499.
|Release date||October 2016|
|Dimensions (mm)||153.90 x 75.40 x 7.00|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3000|
|Screen size (inches)||5.50|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||534|
|Processor||1.6 GHz quad-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||2|
|Operating System||Android 6.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||NA|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs||1|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|