BlackBerry officially launches DTEK60

BlackBerry DTEK60 via BlackBerry

BlackBerry have officially announced the sale of the DTEK60, the last Android smartphone it will be producing before it switches its focus to software only.

After months of speculation and leaked data, the company has made the DTEK60 available for purchase on its website.

The DTEK60 follows BlackBerry’s previous offering, the DTEK50. Although the DTEK50 was relatively low spec for a smartphone, it ran on a very secure software system and was priced reasonably so it drew a good deal of praise.

BlackBerry’s latest phone is building on that praise, with reviews commenting positively on its design and functionality. The design is not BlackBerry’s own doing, having outsourced the manufacture to TCL, the electronics company that owns Alcatel.

The DTEK60 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor and features 4GB of RAM.

The screen is a 5.5 inch scratch-resistant AMOLED display, with 534 pixels per inch. The Inquirer chose to “heap praise on the curved glass layer that covers the display, with this slight tapering helping to set it apart from the hordes of plain Androids otherwise clamouring for our custom”.

Security is the biggest feature of the DTEK60, with BlackBerry saying that “how you share the private details of your life – your location, your pictures, your texts – is your decision”. The firm said the phone comes with “BlackBerry Security that protects the private details of your life from being hacked”.

The DTEK 60 features a 21MP auto-focus rear camera and 8MP front camera with flash and features 2TB microSD card support to expand the 32GB of storage already provided. Its 3,000mAh battery will last up to 24 hours, according to BlackBerry, which could make it a perfect work device.

It is priced at £475 on the BlackBerry website.