BlackBerry says the DTEK60 can go head to head with the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL

BlackBerry says the DTEK60 can go head to head with the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL
Available in the US and other markets since earlier this week, the BlackBerry DTEK60 is a high-end smartphone that costs less than your typical high-end handset from major companies. The DTEK60 is priced at $499 unlocked, and offers quite a lot for that kind of money, including an aluminum and glass body, a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, a Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and so on.

In a video interview, BlackBerry COO Marty Beard said that the company's "very proud" of the DTEK60, and that the handset can go head to head with other 5.5-inch phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL. In fact, Marty Beard argues that the DTEK60 has some advantages. Besides being about $200 cheaper, the BlackBerry DTEK60 is a bit smaller and thinner than the iPhone 7 Plus and Pixel XL, and, thanks to BlackBerry's software (integrated into Android), it's also an "incredibly secure phone." Moreover, Mr. Beard says the DTEK60 has better battery life than the iPhone 7 Plus, being able to offer up to a day and half of use on a single charge.

We haven't tested the BlackBerry DTEK60 yet, so we can't say if it can indeed stand next to the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL. But this does seem to be a worthy alternative to these Apple and Google devices, especially if you want to save a few hundred bucks.

You can check out a detailed specs comparison between the BlackBerry DTEK60, iPhone 7 Plus, and Google Pixel XL below. You could also chime in in the comments section to let us know what you think about this new BlackBerry smartphone - which will certainly not be the last BlackBerry-branded handset

Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL vs BlackBerry DTEK60

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Display

Size

5.5 inches
5.5 inches
5.5 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
AMOLED
 

Screen-to-body

67.58 %
71.22 %
71.82 %

Peak brightness

625 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 

Features

Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996

Processor

Quad-core, 2340 MHz, 64-bit, 16 nm
Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit

GPU

PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus
Adreno 530
Adreno 530

RAM

3GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

256GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
32GB

OS

iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow)

Battery

Capacity

2900 mAh
3450 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

 
USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Talk time

 
32.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1016 min)
26.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1016 min)

Stand-by time

 
21.8 days (522 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)
14.0 days (336 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
 
 

Stand-by time (3G)

16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)
 
 

Internet use

3G: 13 hours; LTE: 13 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours
 

Music playback

60.00 hours
130.00 hours
88.00 hours

Video playback

12.00 hours
14.00 hours
17.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)
12.3 MP (Laser and PDAF)
21 MP (PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F2.0

Second camera

12 MP (Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus)
 
 

Specifications

Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.8; Focal Length: 56 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm
 
 

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Features

OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing
EIS, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

7 MP
8 MP
8 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)
6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches (154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm)
6.06 x 2.97 x 0.28 inches (153.9 x 75.4 x 7 mm)

Weight

6.63 oz (188.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)
5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)
5.82 oz (165.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum, Glass
Back: Glass; Frame: Glass

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 67
Splash, Dust; IP 53
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

 
Notification light
Notification light

Buyers information

Price

$ 969
$ 869
$ 499


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  • Camera 21 MP (Single camera)
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
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  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
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