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  • Display : 5.5 inches, AMOLED
  • Max OS : Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Storage : 32 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Glass
  • Cameras : Rear: 21 MP, Front: 8 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 6.06, 2.97, 0.28 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

An Android device with the robust BlackBerry security built in, is this the phone we have been waiting for? BlackBerry launched the DTEK series, their Android phones in October 2016 with an aim to resuscitate their brand.

The DETK60 comes with a 5.5 inch QHD AMOLED touchscreen display boasting 2560×1440 pixels at 534 pixel density which is scratch-resistant and comes with the now-mandatory oleophobic coating.

While we said scratch resistant, we didn’t mean Corning Glass. In fact, while the Blackberry Priv used Corning Gorilla Glass 4, it is curiously absent on the DTEK 60. The screen has a 71.9% screen-to-body ratio (OnePlus 3T with similar screen size has a better ratio – 73.1% screen-to-body ratio) with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which translates into the DTEK having larger bezels.

The device is not too light either and weighs in at 165 grams and comes in a lone Black color option. The phone does loosely resemble the Google Pixel or a Motorola with a black screen and general construct – so it loses a few points on originality of design. We do however like the retention of the customizable “dedicated” button on the side – a trademark of the BlackBerry devices of yore.

The DETK60 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with an Adreno 530 graphics processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM.

A non-removable 3,000 mAh Lithium-Ion battery powers the device for approximately 26 hours of talk time on 3G, or 330 hours on standby and the “Dash Charge 3.0” recharges the device to 80% in 30 minutes.

The device comes in a 32 GB internal memory variant with support for an external 2 TB of space via a microSD card.

On the cameras front, the DTEK60 sports a 21 megapixel primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a dual LED flash. The camera can shoot 2160p videos (@30fps) with geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, panorama and touch focus capabilities, which is pretty standard. The 8 megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture does not significantly add to the allure either.

This one is our phone“, said BlackBerry’s Chief Operating Officer, Marty Beard, in an interview. “This is fully our responsibility“.

The device does offer the BlackBerry security – a huge USP. While the phone runs Android thus allowing the user to have the functionality of the Google Play and Google Now along with the ability of widgets on the home screen, BlackBerry does sponsor the security of the device and the data, itself.

That said BlackBerry has had a hand in the Android version that powers the phone. BlackBerry Pop-Up Widgets allow you quick access to apps by simply swiping across the App’s icon.

A custom-built DTEK by BlackBerry for Android app automatically monitors the OS and the apps on the device for any security breaches like someone accessing your contacts or financial information or if either the camera or microphone is turned on without your knowledge. The DTEK60 also comes with a Password Keeper functionality and retains the secure encrypted messaging with BBM.

Further, the much loved BlackBerry Hub continues it’s stint on this device, keeping communication ( which includes social media chatter) organized and in one place. The BlackBerry Calendar is blessed with some intelligent capabilities like enabling you to join in an activity, updating time zones and alerting you with conflicting appointments automatically.

The DTEK could become the go-to smart device for the people who want BlackBerry’s fortress-like security with the independence of Android. Time will tell, though.

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