BlackBerry DTEK60 is now official and available to purchase for $499

BlackBerry DTEK60 is now official and available to purchase for $499
The BlackBerry DTEK60 has been spotted on numerous occasions before now and the last we heard, the device was being touted for an October 25th launch. Those who've been waiting on the successor to the DTEK50 will be pleased to learn that it's now very much official, and can be purchased directly from the Canadian firm's website for just shy of $500 bucks. 

As we learned before today's launch, the DTEK60's profile is a reference design of the TCL 950. The Chinese corporation owns several brands including Alcatel, and the DTEK60's finish also bears similarities to the Alcatel Idol 4s. It's certainly a departure from the traditional BlackBerry finishes we're accustomed to, but touts a premium finish with a glass front-and-back design held together by a metal frame. 

The $499 price tag offers quite a decent bang for the buck, and there are improvements across the board versus the mid-range DTEK50. There's a 5.5-inch display of 1440 x 2560 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and 32 GB expandable storage. There's also a 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, 21-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel effort for selfies. Physical connectivity is taken care of by a USB Type-C port, and there's a rear-facing fingerprint sensor for authentication purposes. 

Speaking of which, it won't come as a surprise to learn that BlackBerry's latest handset is all about the robust, secure UX. Once again, the firm is unapologetically taking aim at the enterprise market, and the DTEK60 includes a secure bootloader, specialized DTEK app and Hardware Root of Trust. As ever, BlackBerry will ensure future security patches are rolled out post-haste, and other lock-down treats include Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support and FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption. 

The software suite includes a bunch of BlackBerry's ususal suspects, including BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Calendar. Unfortunately, it will roll out with Android 6.0 Marshmallow in tow, though wheels are said to be in motion for a Nougat update in the near future. 

If you're interested, the DTEK60 is available from the official BlackBerry Store link at the source.

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DTEK60
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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