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    October 26, 2016

    BlackBerry releases its third Android smartphone, the DTEK60

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    BlackBerry has officially moved to release its third Android-powered smartphone, the high-end DTEK60, which sits above the DTEK50.

    There might be some poetry to the phrase ‘dull DTEK60’, but that’s what we might end up naming BlackBerry’s latest smartphone efforts at Bandwidth Blog HQ.

    Designed to satisfy security concerns amongst the Android faithful – are there any of you out there? – the DTEK60 arrives with specifications designed to cater to the high-end of the market.

    Read: Beyond BlackBerry: Do Sony, LG, and HTC face extinction too?

    Marketed to those who want to power through their next spreadsheet on the go, BlackBerry’s newest phone includes not only the DTEK software suite from which the handset gets its name, but further includes the Hub offering which the firm released as a subscription bundle for Android devices earlier this year.

    The device, which will retail for $499 USD in the United States and Europe, will offer a slate of high-end features such as a 5.5″ QHD display, expandable storage which can reach up to 2TB thanks to a MicroSD card, and a sizeable 3,000mAh battery.

    Otherwise, the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC and will make use of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A 21-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary unit will complete the show, while the device will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

    Of course, you could endeavor to save a couple of bucks and buy the Alcatel Idol 4s, which shares the same frame as the DTEK60. In that event, you’ll have to rely on 1GB less of RAM, a downgraded camera, and forego the addition of a fingerprint scanner entirely – not to mention BlackBerry’s security features.

    Read: Death of a dream: BlackBerry will cease making its own phones

    What are your thoughts on BlackBerry’s newest handset? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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    • I am assuming it has the same HD voice calling as in the Priv which turned out to be the best mobile phone I have even owned for voice calling going back 18 years. I will most likely get this next year once it gets upgraded to Android Nougat and give my Priv to my son. Priv to Priv voice calling sounds better than the landline. Should be the same with Priv to DETEK60 due to Blackberry IP on voice calls.