For a long, long time it was thought that BlackBerry might be something of a lost cause, as the firm continued to plod along with their own operating system, which clearly wasn't gaining traction with consumers and the industry alike. Last year, all of this changed with the arrival of the BlackBerry PRIV, a device that not only ran Android, but also came with many of the same software features that BlackBerry fans had been used to for many years. Since then, we've seen BlackBerry change as a company, even withdrawing from creating their own hardware, but the firm still has devices to offer and they're now releasing one more, the DTEK60, a follow-up to the affordable DTEK50 released earlier this year. Only this time around, the firm has turned up the specs, and delivered many more features modern smartphone users expect.
For $499, the BlackBerry DTEK60 is a pretty competitive option, with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (that's 2560 x 1440) display and a Snapdragon 820 CPU. These are specs that even high-end devices like the LG V20 share, and BlackBerry aren't done there yet, either. The DTEK60 features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera and of course the whole suite of BlackBerry productivity apps. While the device will launch with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the Canadian firm say they are hard at work with Google to bring Android 7.0 Nougat to the device shortly. Other niceties here include the customizable hardware button on the right-hand side of the device, as well as all kinds of secure features like BlackBerry's Hardware Root of Trust and improvements to Android under-the-hood.
Keeping the show running here is a 3,000 mAh battery, and the DTEK60 features 4GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. While Quick Charge 3.0 – via the USB Type-C port – is supported here, a Rapid Charger isn't included in the box. Instead, BlackBerry is offering a free Rapid Charger or phone case depending on your region if you purchase the device directly from BlackBerry before November 8th. The new device is available from BlackBerry in the US, Canada, Europe and the UK for varying prices, all of which are very reasonable for a device that needs to be purchased outright.