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

BlackBerry DTEK60 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL

Display

Display size

5.5 inches
5.5 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Aspect Ratio

 
16:9
16:9

Pixel density

534 ppi
401 ppi
534 ppi

Technology

 
IPS LCD
AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

71.82 %
67.58 %
71.22 %

Peak brightness

 
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

21 megapixels
12 megapixels
12.3 megapixels

Hardware Features

Phase detection autofocus
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Laser and Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0
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

Second camera

 
12 megapixels
 

Hardware Features

 
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), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
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)

Features

Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
7 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

6.06 x 2.97 x 0.28 inches (153.9 x 75.4 x 7 mm)
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)

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
6.63 oz (188 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

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

Biometrics

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

Features

Notification light
 
Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 530
PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus
Adreno 530

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2900 mAh
3450 mAh

Charging

Yes
 
Yes

Talk time

26.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
 
32.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

14.0 days (336 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
 
21.8 days (522 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
 

Stand-by time (3G)

 
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
 

Internet use

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

Music playback

88.00 hours
60.00 hours
130.00 hours

Video playback

17.00 hours
12.00 hours
14.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 499
$ 969
$ 869


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57 Comments

1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Maybe I missed it, bluetooth and wifi specs?

2. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

They are not wrong,I guess..

3. drkuthan

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

nothing can beat 7 plus incl all androids**t

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looking at the spec sheet for each device, it certainly can. Just need to see some performance reviews, even though I personally prefer real life usage over a period of time, as that's the proper way to gauge, IMO. However, they certainly have both beat on price.

6. pankajxdx unregistered

So Alcatel is ready to go against Google and Apple hardware?! Lol.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

With top of the line, flagship specs and stellar BlackBerry Secured Android software and support, and a better, more affordable price to boot? I'd say yes.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They're making a bold claim.

45. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

As apple usually did. "Best device ever" but not really, apple could add bigger battery, no need 3.5mm jack to be removed while getting water resistant. What BB said is true; specwise.

57. omar92

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

alreay beat them, also this post lacks that the Alcatel has stereo speakers, Amoled screen and supports up to 2Tb micro sd.

7. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not with a name like that

12. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

So name means phone can't compete? Wow. I thought you better than this. You sound like that lady mxyzptlk now.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No the name doesn't mean the phone is trash or can't compete. But it is a pretty dumb name.

23. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lot of devices can be said to have dumb name. iPad sound like woman sanitary napkin and Huawei have new phone name Enjoy. My point is maybe name sound dumb to you, but not everyone. And name don't mean phone not good. That is important part.

31. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

yes but the key thing with both of the name you listed is they are easier to remember and are marketable..

34. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Anything can be market well given time and will to market.

46. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Imho Apple is weird name as well and they have the decency to sue a fruit company named ap.l....

47. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well since I am not a Apple fan I have to kind of agree with you lol but it is still better the the name of this phone.

48. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

That is the point, I find xiaomi name is odd and hard to pronounce correctly but I actually like and use their devices twice which Most of the time I dontvuse same brand twice. So name won't really matter.

25. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am pretty sure you're fun at parties Try to loosen up a bit and maybe then you ll get that it was a joke. And in all seriousness, no matter what it's name, this phone can't hold a candle to both the iPhone and the Pixel.

35. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You have used Dtek60 to make such claim? Wow. Please share your experience with it. :S Don't be upset because your comment sound like troll comment. That your fault, not mine.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You sound ridiculous right now.

43. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You are mad, bro?

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not like you are.

54. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Of course not like me. I am not mad. You are.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Butthurt is strong in this one. Get over it, MDCHO.

44. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Yes. I think you mad. Here is red cape and red boots and letter I for symbol of idiot on chest. Now you supermad. Ha ha ha!

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That was so stupid.

55. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

But it is still true. Ha ha ha!

14. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Not with that button layout. I'm sorry but the buttons on the HTC 10 got me looking at other phones like, "Nah, that layout isn't too good..."

27. jellmoo

Posts: 2567; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

While we need to wait for reviews to hit first to be sure, from a value perspective, the Dtek60 looks like a huge win. I just can't support devices that sport the price tags of the iPhone or Pixel.

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