BlackBerry announces new security-focused smartphone - the DTEK60By Robin-Leigh Chetty 25 October 2016 | Categories: news
The future of BlackBerry's smartphone business has taken a different direction, with the company opting to outsource its manufacturing. Now, a new device has seen the light of day - the DTEK60. This newly debuted device is BlackBerry's second security-focused smartphone, with the lesser specced 5.2" DTEK50 unveiled a couple months ago.
The DTEK60 is one of the first to fit in with the their software licensing strategy. To that end, it is designed and manufactured by a third party company called TCL, with Android the operating system of choice and BlackBerry taking care of securing the device with DTEK-specific technologies.
BlackBerry has kitted out the DTEK60 with plenty of security features with the DTEK app at its core. DTEK constantly monitors the applications and services on the smartphone and notifies users when their privacy could be at risk, as well as provide actionable countermeasures. Added to this is hardware Root of Trust, Full Disk Encryption and Enterprise Mobility Management support.
On the specifications side, there is Quad HD 5.5" display up front serving up a 1440x2560 resolution. Moving to the rear, there's a 21 MP camera and internally a 3000 mAh battery powers the device. On the processor side, you’ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB onboard storage. There's also a microSD slot for an extra 2 TB if need be.
As far as local release dates and availability goes, BlackBerry has not disclosed anything at this stage. In the US and other EU countries, however, it is currently ready for purchase for $499.
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