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BlackBerry DTEK60 Android Smartphone Up for Pre-Orders Ahead of Official Launch

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BlackBerry late last month announced that it won’t make any smartphones and instead focus on its software business. The company said it would completely outsource smartphone design and production marketed under its brand. Now, the BlackBerry DTEK60 Android smartphone, which had leaked on several occasions earlier, has made it to the market via third-party retailers.

The BlackBerry DTEK60 Android smartphone was last month accidentally made public on the company’s own website ahead of any official announcement. The official webpage with BlackBerry DTEK60 smartphone featuring some specifications was soon taken down by the company. The smartphone, said to be a rebranded variant of the TCL 950, has since then briefly made its way back to the company site, and was even spotted passing through the US FCC and the Wi-Fi Alliance. The smartphone is now available for pre-orders via a third-party online retailer, B&H Photo, priced at $499.99 (approximately Rs. 33,500). The online retailer clearly lists the handset as “Coming soon” and the shipping time as “Not available.”

According to the online retailer, the BlackBerry DTEK60 Android smartphone features a 5.5-inch QHD Amoled display with 534ppi pixel density; a Snapdragon 820 processor; 4GB of RAM; 32GB of inbuilt storage; a 21-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and dual-LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera. It measures 153.9×75.4x7mm, weighs 165 grams, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The handset is backed by a 3000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and 4G. The online listing was first reported by Crackberry.

To recall, BlackBerry in July this year launched its second Android-based smartphone – DTEK50 – and called it “the world’s most secure Android smartphone.”

BlackBerry DTEK60

General

Release date October 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 153.90 x 75.40 x 7.00
Weight (g) 165.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Black
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 534

Hardware

Processor 1.6GHz  quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage type microSD

Camera

Rear camera 21-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel

Software

Operating System Android 6.0

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported NA
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No