The production stoppage of Blackberry smartphones has spilled a lot of ink. It’s now when the Canadian group is turning an important page in its history. Taking note of the failure of its hardware strategy, the firm will now focus 100% on services and software.

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A change of gear yet nothing of a surprise: BlackBerry is preparing a confident strategy. This is not the end of an era but the continuity of a chapter opened it two years ago. It is simply to focus on the strengths. Canadian teams will continue to focus internally on design and software. On the other hand, the entire production component is outsourced via licensing agreements. A midrange terminal has already emerged in the framework DTEK 50, and later DTEK 60.

BlackBerry benefits in particular from the strategies of the digital transformation of companies. Do you remember the DTEK50? No? Oh, well BlackBerry just announced its little brother, the DTEK60. It’s a smartphone upscale with primary software.

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Since the release of the BlackBerry Passport, it does little to say that the phones of the Canadian brand do not really dream. And it is not true as the recent DTEK50 and the DTEK60 will convince us again to go to BlackBerry again!

A classic high-end smartphone

As we know, the Canadian is no longer a smartphone manufacturer. It is not hidden anymore, and it is assumed that this DTEK60 is a white brand smartphone actually designed by TCL – better known to us under the name of Alcatel. On paper, the DTEK60 looks like a solid smartphone. It features a Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, a 3000 mAh battery and 32 GB of internal memory that can be extended with an SD card. With its 5.5-inch QHD screen (2560 × 1440 pixels), it is also a great device. Add to this a sensor of 21 MP on the back and 8 MP on the front and you fill the perfect specifications of the high-end Android smartphone of 2016.

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On the form, it is also a flawless classicism. The DTEK60 is thin (7 mm thick), relatively elegant (thank you Alcatel), integrates a USB Type-C and has a fingerprint sensor. There are also two small notches at the top and bottom of the phone that hide loudspeakers. In the middle of the right edge, there is also a programmable button for fast access to the most used applications.

BlackBerry-specific applications for better security

So what differentiates this umpteenth Android smartphone from others? All of BlackBerry’s exclusive security applications. In addition to the interface close to Android Stock (most likely Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow), we find a BlackBerry calendar, a special keyboard, the famous HUB regrouping emails, social networks and current news, some security applications and Password manager attached to the fingerprint sensor.

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The BlackBerry DTEK60 is probably a good smartphone. But this is clearly not the most ambitious device of the year and this explains the general indifference in which it was announced. However, just released in a handful of comprehensive countries (France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, USA, and Canada). Don’t hide your joy!

DTEK60, the next BlackBerry Android smartphone

It was a moment that we had no new information about one or potential future Canadian manufacturer of devices BlackBerry. But thanks to a leak on its website, we find the specifications of the next device using the Android operating system, called DTEK60. This device seems to be in the same line as the DTEK50 but more hair and with some characteristics specific to it. Moreover, it would appear to be in a range higher than the DTEK50. Here is what you would propose this new device:

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  • 5.5 “screen with 16: 9 ratio
  • Dedicated customizable shortcut key
  • 8 MP front camera with flash
  • 21 MP Camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Height 153.9 mm
  • Width 75.4 mm
  • Thickness 7mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Full Touch Terminal
  • BlackBerry Virtual Keyboard
  • Screen resolution: 534 PPI, 2560 x 1440 Qual HD, color depth 24 Bit
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit Quad-Core (MSM8996 with 64 bit Quad-Core 2 + 2 Kryo 2.15GHz / 1.6GHz) Adreno 530, 624MHz GPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM, 32 GB Flash expandable by Micro SD
  • USB OTG, USB 2.0 and USB Type-C
  • 3000 mAh non-removable battery
  • Video recording in 4K at 30 fps and 720p HD at 120 fps for the rear camera
  • Video recording in 1080p HD at 30 fps with flash
  • Image formats: BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WEBP
  • Audio and video formats: 3GP, 3G2, AAC, AVI, ADV, AWB, DIVX, FLAC, MOV, MP3, MPEG-4, MXMF, OT, RTTT , WMV, XMF.

So this is the first approach of this future terminal waiting for the photos. You can find other features of this DTEK60 here.

So what do you think at first?

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BlackBerry has announced plans to stop production of smartphones, it does not permanently leave the market. In contrast, just over two months after the release of DTEK 50 , Canada announced Tuesday the launch of its successor, the DTEK 60. A major challenge as the manufacturer has now disappeared from radar (only 500,000 units sold in the last quarter).

 

What differences with the previous version?

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While the DTEK 50, the middle range, targets mobile fleets in a logic of employee equipment by companies, the DTEK 60 is more personal, more upscale and targets prosumers in a BYOD logical consumer choice with more specifications.

The best to look forward to?

Blackberry obviously insists on the safety aspect. The group thus shielded Android with data encryption, fast security updates, permanent scanning of applications and data, secure startup through the DTEK application. And on the following pro-Android for Work or the presence of convenient Hub inherited BB10. Here with this high-end model by BlackBerry, it has tried to make security management simpler, more transparent, and it should not interfere with the use of smartphones.

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Beyond these specificities, the BB smartphone is equipped with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a 21-megapixel photo sensor, a 3000 mAh battery, a fingerprint reader and a 32GB storage that can be pushed to 2TB via a microSD card. The beast is powered by a Snapdragon 820 coupled with 4 GB of RAM. All under Android 6.0 (eligible Nougat).