After switching to Android OS in 2015, the BlackBerry DTEK60 came in as the third device from the Canadian company based on this Google-owned mobile platform.
It’s usually said that third time is the charm and indeed, the DTEK60 is the best device the company has released under Android, arguably better than the highly hyped BlackBerry KEYone that came out earlier this year. The phone has a premium build that is also beautiful to the eyes, but it borrows a lot of its looks from the Alcatel Idol 4S.
You’ll love the sleek metallic frame and glass panel on the rear and while there’s no mention of Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology, the BlackBerry DTEK60 has its protection coming from a scratch-resistant glass and an oleophobic coating. These are great, but the lack of IP6x certification for dust and water resistance is a bit of a letdown from BlackBerry.
Nonetheless, the DTEK60 packs some of the best hardware specs you can find on the market right now. Being a 2016 flagship, it ships with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display screen with a QHD resolution, giving it a solid pixel density of 534 ppi. Like any other high-end phone from last year, the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset under the hood and this is mated with a decent 4GB RAM module alongside 32GB of expandable storage.
The camera on the back is huge, standing at 21MP with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and has the ability to record 4K videos. The front part has an 8MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 and support for 1080p video recording.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 ships with a 3000mAh battery unit that is charged via the latest USB Type-C port and supports fast charging technology thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. For the software, you get Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which should be upgradable to the latest Android Nougat as well as the upcoming Android O.
The DTEK60 also comes in with a bunch of goodies that include support for 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm audio jack, dual stereo speakers and more.
BlackBerry is known for its no-nonsense approach to security and productivity. These two are core pillars of the DTEK60. In fact, the company labels it as the world’s most secure Android phone and goes ahead touting its quick security updates, access to the company’s encrypted servers as well as Enterprise support. The BlackBerry Hub app also allows users to put all of their messages in a single place.
In Kenya, the BlackBerry DTEK60 is available in quite a number of outlets, but you can buy one via your most trusted online retailer, Jumia, at a price of Ksh 52,995. Alternatively, you can get it from Avechi for a much cheaper price tag of Ksh 45,199. The choice is yours!