BlackBerry Launches the DTEK60, Available for $499

BlackBerry Launches the DTEK60, Available for $499

BlackBerry is determined to remain in the smartphone market for as long as it can. In this endeavor, the company also had to take the tough decision to drop its hardware division, and concentrate solely on its security and enterprise solutions, one of their biggest USP’s.

The BlackBerry DTEK60 is the second smartphone that comes out of their collaborative relationship with TCL, which is known for its Alcatel sub-branding in the Western markets. Just like the predecessor DTEK50, the DTEK60 is based off a reference design from Alcatel, and in this case, the device closely resembles the Alcatel Idol 4S. BlackBerry has upgraded a few specs off the spec sheet, making the DTEK60 a much more competitive device against the flagships of 2016.

The DTEK60 bears a metallic mid frame, sandwiched between glass on the front and back of the device. The device does have a much more premium appeal to it than its preceding DTEK device, but unfortunately, it also has a noticeably large camera hump on the back.

The DTEK60 comes with a 5.5″ QHD AMOLED display, and is powered by the still very competitive Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. You get 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, along with the option to expand it further via a microsd card as well. The phone comes with a 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support via the USB Type-C port. The fingeprint sensor finds space on the back of the device, and there is also a programmable button on the side. A 21MP rear shooter with 4K video recording and an 8MP front shooter complete the camera setup on the device.

The BlackBerry DTEK60 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, although Nougat is already planned for it. Devices from BlackBerry are amongst the best you could purchase in the Android market from a security standpoint, as the company has taken Android’s security updates very seriously (something we can appreciate). The hardened security of the device works best for Enterprise users, but this also means that the devices see absolutely no third-party development. The BlackBerry Priv is yet to be rooted, so if you are looking for a phone that can be rooted, the DTEK60 should be amongst your absolute last choices.


The BlackBerry DTEK60 is available for purchase from BlackBerry’s official website for $499. If you purchase the device before November 8th, BlackBerry will also drop in a Soft Shell case and a Rapid Charger as part of the deal (depending on markets).

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]