BlackBerry launches DTEK60: All you need to know

Amid much speculation, BlackBerry today launched the DTEK60, a follow-up device to the DTEK50 launched in July and which it hopes will keep its beleaguered devices division afloat.

DTEK60 is yet another smartphone combining BlackBerry's advanced security suite with the familiarity of the Android ecosystem.

Features & Specifications

Compared to the DTEK50, the DTEK60 is a higher end smartphone, letting enterprise users make more of its advanced features and specifications to get their job done. What makes it a decent smartphone to own are a powerful 3,000 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, 21-MP and 8-MP cameras and a MicroSD card slot which can accommodate up to 2TB of storage space. These specifications make it as good as any other smartphone and if you consider it's sub-£500 price tag as well as BlackBerry's proprietary Enterprise suite to go with it, it could just be the dream smartphone business users were longing for.

“With the DTEK60, BlackBerry continues to focus on our strengths: state-of-the-art software and security solutions. When you see our logo it means security, from our class-leading enterprise software to devices secured by BlackBerry software," said Ralph Pini, CEO and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

If you buy the DTEK60, you will be able to enjoy a few advantages that other Android phone users, bar Nexus and Pixel users, get to enjoy. The phone will arrive with BlackBerry Hub pre-installed, a platform where you will be able to view and manage your texts, e-mails, social media notifications without having to switch between apps. Furthermore, BlackBerry will pass on Android security patches to users' handsets as soon as they are made available by Google, a marked transition from the current practise of most OEMs who pass on security patches three months after they are made available.

You will also be able to use the DTEK™ by BlackBerry app which works like an antivirus software and will make you aware if your privacy is at risk from malicious apps or software. A lot of malware take root access to users' devices and turn on the microphone, take pictures, obtain locations or send texts. The DTEK app will be monitoring these functions round the clock and will alert you in case anything seems amiss. Since BlackBerry has enabled security right from the start, you will be able to keep track of your phone and it will be difficult for any malicious software to obtain root access in the first place.

DTEK60 comes with BlackBerry's Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support along with Android™ for Work and Google Play™ for Work services. The support system will bring in a range of security solutions like WatchDox by BlackBerry which enables secure file-sharing, Good Work for sure e-mail exchange, Strong Authentication by BlackBerry VPN solution, SecuSUITE for Enterprise for instant voice and text messaging, BBM Protected for encrypted messaging and BES12 for secure cross-platform management. All of these will run in the background to protect your device and your privacy round the clock.

Pricing & Availability

BlackBerry DTEK60 is available to purchase as we speak. The is priced at £475 all inclusive and is presently available at the BlackBerry online store. However, the phone will be available from select retailers in November like Selfridges, Carphone Warehouse, iD Mobile and from online retailers like Data Select, Ingram Micro, Clove, Expansys, UnlockedMobiles and Mobile Phones Direct. If you buy the phone before 12PM on November 8th, BlackBerry will give you a DTEK60 Pocket Case and Rapid Charger for free.

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