The DTEK60 is "absolutely not the last BlackBerry phone"

The DTEK60 is
Not long after it announced that it would quit making its own smartphones, BlackBerry today officially unveiled the DTEK60, a high-end handset that's available to buy right away for $499 unlocked.

Even with this new BlackBerry smartphone now on the market, some fans may be worried about the future of the company. That's why BlackBerry COO Marty Beard is reassuring the world that the DTEK60 "is absolutely not" the last BB phone. The company is working "with more partners" to develop and release new handsets (one of them possibly being the Android Nougat-based BlackBerry Mercury). These partners will be in charge of building hardware and distributing the phones, while BlackBerry makes sure everything is right on the software side. In the end, these will still be BlackBerry-branded smartphones.

The BlackBerry DTEK60 itself is manufactured in collaboration with a partner: TCL, which also makes Alcatel handsets. The new phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow customized and secured with BlackBerry's own software, and it will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat (but it's not clear exactly when that's going to happen).



source: BlackBerry (Twitter)

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DTEK60
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(26h talk time)

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48 Comments

1. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Keep offering phones like the DTEK60 and DTEK50 at those prices. BB comeback?

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I see them remaining as a niche player and not as what they once were many years ago.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not so fast Grasshopper. Samsung is in the middle of a PR nightmare not seen since the runaway Audi 5000s of the early 90s. BlackBerry is still seen as a top-notch brand and if they package a good offering, as this DTEK 60 appears to be, they may be able to steal some former Samsung customers who feel a little.....burned.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Quote: "Samsung is in the middle of a PR nightmare not seen since the runaway Audi 5000s of the early 90s" Not sure if that sentence was necessary in your response, as Mxy is by no means a Samsung fan. Or, did I fail to get the point of that sentence in your post #9?

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Swing and a miss. Badly.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think this is a perfect time for them. Like you said, with the PR nightmare Samsung is going through, it's a perfect time for other OEMs to step up and grab the ball.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Could ya flip-flop any more? First you say that you see them remaining a niche player, then you say it's the perfect time for them? Man, Crispin really makes you sht your tighty whities and get all discombobulated whenever he addresses you. Lmao!

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So says the guy who sh*bleep*s his pants every time darkk says something because he's been put in place and knows he wouldn't survive a verbal beat down. Or is it because you're still bumburned because I said Crispin is a more level headed BlackBerry fan than you are?

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awww, are you still seething with anger over the fact that darkk dissed your trolling @$$ when he saw you for the idiot troll that you are? Lmao! Or are you still salty because your other iOS brethren disowned you and said they want no parts of your lame @$$ and your incessant trolling? Must be lonely at the bottom of the barrel, which is where you'll stay as long as you keep trolling and I keep giving you a verbal @$$-kicking.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup, I can confirm that you are indeed afraid of darkk. I can see the fear pouring out of you along with the ba of course.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

What's "ba"? Must be another iOS autocorrect fail thing. Lmao! Anyway, yeah, you're still seething with anger with over darkk, as well as being a little punk when it comes to Crispin.

24. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

At least they survive.

6. Loveneesh

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

That type of phones blackberry wants to comeback, especially at these prices.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice to see BlackBerry setting the record straight once again. As long as BlackBerry sticks to offering top notch specs (for whatever segment of the smartphone market they release handsets for), as well stellar software and support, combined with the really competitive pricing we've from them with their last two handsets, they *should* begin to see decent sales.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

BlackBerry themselves won't be making any more phones. That's a sailed ship that probably won't be returning ever again. They failed by making the Priv too expensive compared to the competition and it ended up being a bomb in terms of sales.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely nothing that you just said about BlackBerry "not making phones anymore themselves" is new. EVERYONE knows this. You're not providing a service here. Just your usual trolling rhetoric. And don't chime in with that "opinion" BS. You're trolling. It's what you do, so just own it, already. As long as BlackBerry supplies their stellar software and support for the handsets which they approve to be launched with their name and logo, it's all good.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh boo freaking hoo. You're the only one btching about my comment. Get over it and stop being so paranoid. You're so freaking defensive on blackberry articles that it's pathetic. Pot meet the motherf-ing kettle because you're a BlackBerry troll yourself.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words, "Meanestgenius just put me in my place and called me out for my BS trolling comment once again. And, in usual troll fashion, I project what I'm doing onto him, in the always failed attempt to take the troll spotlight off of me. I'm a pathetic, no-life having troll that ALWAYS plays the victim when I get called out for my trolling BS, which is really just me btching and moaning over something that I don't agree with and don't like." There, I fixed your pathetic, whinny, trolling post for you.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You didn't put me in my place at all, so keep telling that delusional, illogical, asinine bs to someone who gives a s--t.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Nerve touched, deep in your gut, because I owned ya btch@$$ once again for your incessant trolling.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Whatever man.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Mxy code for "You win again, I give up."

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well, that could be a very good thing though and they haven't produced their own device in years. The Priv/Passport was made by Wistron. The Classic was made by Foxconn and was their last major selling/popular device. It also was built very well. I own both a Passport and a Classic and I can't help but feel like the Classic is better built than the Passport even though it doesn't use as nice of materials. So, as long as the quality is there and the price is not above $500, I think people will be interested in buying a Blackberry device. And, from my understanding, their relationship with TCL/Alcatel is even better than that of Foxconn (cheaper to produce a device) and the early hands-on reviews have found the DTEK60 to feel like a high quality device in terms of it's materials.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly, Dr. Phil. A lot of people don't understand that BlackBerry has been having ODM's build their handsets for years, just with BlackBerry on the design. And just because BlackBerry is no longer on the design now, doesn't mean that BlackBerry isn't inspecting the hardware to ensure that it meets their strict standards. As long as BlackBerry is supplying software and support, that's a winning combination. It's refreshing to see someone like you here that actually knows what they're talking about, as opposed to trolls that just spew ignorant gibberish and then play the victim role or get mad when they get called out for it, as we will no doubt see happen when one of the said trolls responds to either your comment that I responded to, or to mine. He will no doubt mimic what I've just said.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I'm tempted to get a DTEK60, man. The hype around BB now is giving me goosebumps.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

They have come a long way in a short time with what they've done with Android, software-wise.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Good post Dr.Phil. You and Crispin are the most neutral and level headed of the BlackBerry bunch unlike a certain someone who is full of crap and hot air. I am liking what they're doing with the DTEK device and I hope they eventually come out with a universally unlocked one.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

As you can see^^, I predicted it perfectly, as he took offense to what I said without me having to mention any names. Lmao!

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually, I don't recall saying any names in my comment besides the obvious two. Apparently you like to tell on yourself and go on the defensive.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

I didn't say any names, either. Guilty conscious? Defensive, much? Lmao!

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