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BlackBerry announces DTEK60, its last smartphone

by on25 October 2016

Available now for $499

On Tuesday, BlackBerry announced the DTEK60, its last self-manufactured smartphone before it begins to start outsourcing design, production and distribution to OEMs.

blackberry dtek60 front

The device features a 5.5-inch 2560x1440p display with 538ppi, the same size as the iPhone 6/7 Plus and Google Pixel XL, and uses a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Other specs include a 21-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, a microSD card slot, a rear fingerprint reader, a USB-C port and a 3,000mAh battery.

blackberry dtek60 back

The DTEK60 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and includes additional BlackBerry security patches that the company says will make it “more difficult for attackers to compromise the OS”. The manufacturing process uses a hardware root of trust, a proprietary technique that adds security keys to the processor that track, verify, and provision each device to verify its authenticity and integrity. Each unit also includes a bootloader than only loads BlackBerry signed operating system.

As we mentioned in September, the company signaled that if its hardware could not make a profit by September, it would have no other choice but to leave the smartphone manufacturing business. The company’s previous smartphone launch, the DTEK50, was manufactured by TCL, and now it will be focused more exclusively on software and services going forward.

The company will not be involved much in future hardware efforts, though it will still collect royalty fees on any phones sold by its partners.

The BlackBerry DTEK60 is now available on the company’s site for $499.

Last modified on 25 October 2016
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