BlackBerry just refuses to hang up its coat and keeps coming back with more. The company's most recent release, the DTEK60, is another forage into the smartphone market. This time, the unit comes manufactured by TLC with the security software of BlackBerry and arrives with noteworthy specs, new features and a clean design.
As reported by Mobile World Live, BlackBerry announced a few weeks ago that they would step away from the hardware side of the tech industry and will focus on software security development. So while the DTEK60 is coming as a big of a surprise, the company is actually keeping its promise. The unit, as mentioned earlier, is technically manufactured by TLC, with BlackBerry installing its own software - much like Google and its previous Nexus devices.
The new DTEK60 is the successor to the DTEK50 and arrives with better specs, additional features and a slightly better design. The new unit has a 5.5 inch quad-HD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. While its new chip is still not the most recent or most powerful in the market, it does improve highly on the previous Snapdragon 617 chip.
The DTEK60 also comes with better RAM and storage options - 3GB of RAM with 16GB of built-in memory and 4GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage. Its battery is also pretty reliable at it is 3000 mAh. Meanwhile, its rear camera is 21 megapixels and the front camera is a 8 megapixels. The new BlackBerry device also comes with a fingerprint scanner.
As noted by TechCrunch, the design is not as curved as the Samsung Edge devices, but it does have a slight curve at the edges. The bottom bezel is lacking, as there is no physical home button. BlackBerry has also replaced its normal rubber texture for a cleaner glass casing.
The best feature, however, is its software and security capabilities. The DTEK60 comes equipped with all the all the best features for BlackBerry. This includes one of the best security patching features, as well as the DTEK by BlackBerry app, which allows users to monitor and control the privacy of their phone.
The DTEK60 is currently available in Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. The handheld is currently priced around US$499. BlackBerry plans to expand the channels and add markets in the future, but when this will be is still unknown.