BlackBerry have launched their latest Android smartphone, with the handset now on sale in a number of key European and North American markets. The BlackBerry DTEK60 offers flagship-level specs and comes bundled with the company’s suite of security software.
This latest release is a follow-up to the BlackBerry DTEK50, which offered mid-range specs. Like the previous smartphone, the BlackBerry DTEK60 is being produced by TCL, which also manufactures devices under the ALCATEL brand.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 matches the specs of other 2016 flagships, but is at the lower end of the pricing bracket when compared to handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10.
Prior to selling TCL-manufactured devices, BlackBerry’s Android smartphones were often criticised for being too expensive. This was a particular problem when it came to attracting bulk orders from businesses, that might otherwise have been interested in BlackBerry’s security features.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 will cost €579 in much of mainland Europe, £475 in the UK, $650 CND in Canada and $499 USD in the US. The cost is therefore less than the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices for similar-spec handsets from other established companies.
The new Android smartphone is currently available to buy in the UK, Germany, France, Spain Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and the US. It will go on sale in other countries in the coming weeks.
Those who buy the BlackBerry DTEK60 from the official online BlackBerry store before 8 November will receive a couple of free gifts. In Europe early buyers will be provided with a free Rapid Charger and Pocket Case, while in North America they will receive a Rapid Charger and Soft Shell case.
As with other 2016 flagship Android smartphones, the BlackBerry DTEK60 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, Adreno 530 graphics chip, 1440 x 2560 display, 3,000 mAh battery and fingerprint scanner.
A 21-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter mean that the cameras on BlackBerry’s new device actually have better resolutions than other 2016 flagship smartphones. Although high megapixel counts should not be taken as indicative of good image quality.
There are still Android smartphones available, such as the ZTE Axon 7, which offer similar specs but are less expensive. The BlackBerry DTEK60 is therefore positioned between these cheaper high-spec handsets and the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7.
In addition to its security software, a key advantage that BlackBerry has over many other manufacturers is its commitment to providing monthly Android security updates. BlackBerry will be hoping that its mix of price, specs and support will help its latest offering to stand out from rival devices.