BlackBerry was, and still wants to be, a deity to corporate communication security. While many might think of its Android adoption as a deviation from this, the fact that BlackBerry deploys a proprietary Android build beefed up for security still upholds the company’s philosophy.
The latest addition to the Android catalog is the BlackBerry DTEK60, a 5.5 inch QHD (534ppi) panel beauty powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled to 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage.
Your rear camera will be a 21MP sensor while the front camera is a capable 8MP. The metal-framed BlackBerry also packs a fingerprint sensor, a programmable side button and the increasingly popular USB Type-C port with OTG support.
You will have LTE Advanced capable of up to 300 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with BeiDou and GLONNASS, NFC and dual-band Wi-Fi a/c. This will all run on a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery that is more than enough to keep you rolling all day long.
The Focus is on the Software
The DTEK60 boots to a secure Android 6.0 distro that is arguably safer than the mainstream Android. Couple this with added productivity thanks to secure BlackBerry apps like the Hub and Calendar and you get an appealing device that could possibly hold its own against the reigning smartphone safety king, iOS.
Even though BlackBerry wants the DTEK60 to captivate the business world, it still has its device available to the end users at a $499 price tag. With the company still a force to reckon with in the end-to-end enterprise communications market, chances are that you might end up with the DTEK60 in your hands in case your company is on a BlackBerry device service contract.
The DTEK60 is based on a TCL, or Alcatel, design. The Idol 4S to be specific. BlackBerry will keep the business model in the near future, customizing TLC devices and giving them a secure platform fit for corporate use just as it did a couple of years ago with its original BlackBerry devices.