Blackberry's DTEK60 Announced, But Is It Good Enough?

Blackberry has announced its latest phone on the market, the Blackberry DTEK60. We take a look at its specs and features.
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2016-10-26
Blackberry as a smartphone manufacturer is no more. The company's newest approach is to, instead, focus on the software. This while a select partner creates the hardware for their devices.

The Blackberry DTEK60

Blackberry's latest smartphone, the DTEK60, is part of this move. While Blackberry have worked on the software portion of the device, the DTEK60’s hardware is manufactured by TCL. DTEK60_Angle1_onWhite DTEK60 is the second device in the DTEK series of Android smartphones, the first being the DTEK50.
“With the DTEK60, BlackBerry continues to focus on our strengths: state-of-the-art software and security solutions. When you see our logo it means security. From our class-leading enterprise software to devices secured by BlackBerry software,” said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

What Makes The DTEK Range Special?

Blackberry has long proven how strong they are when it comes to enterprise and security. Something that Android is working on improving. The DTEK range provides enterprises and organisations with full access to the Android ecosystem and higher-end specs to help power productivity. It comes equipped with all the security features that BlackBerry’s Android OS devices have including best-in-class security patching. The DTEK by BlackBerry app also allows users to monitor and control their privacy on their phone. mobiledeals_article_banner

DTEK60 General Features:

  • Fingerprint Sensor: For a quick and convenient turn on and unlock, the BlackBerry Fingerprint Sensor provides added security for unlocking your phone, accessing Password Keeper and making purchases – including Android Pay. Add up to five fingerprints. All of which are fully encrypted with security you can trust.
  • BlackBerry Intelligent Keyboard: DTEK60 has a smart keyboard designed to learn from users and increase typing accuracy and speed. It provides word suggestions as you type and includes up to three languages, letting you flick them into place for faster conversations.
  • BlackBerry Hub: This unified inbox is an irreplaceable tool for consolidating all of your messages in one place. This whether it is email, calendar, social or phone calls.
  • Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key: With the press of a button, the Convenience Key provides quick access to your most used applications and more.
  • Stunning Screen: DTEK60 has a 5.5” Quad HD display, capable of displaying 16 million colours. The screen is made of scratch-resistant glass, and features a specialised oleophobic coating to protect against smudges and fingerprints.
  • Expandable Memory: With support for micro SD cards up to 2 TB, DTEK60 provides the flexibility to add affordable and hot-swappable memory to download, install, capture and share as your needs evolve.
  • Dazzling Camera: DTEK60 is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos with an 8MP front-facing camera and a 21MP auto-focus rear camera. Plus, features like Phase Detection Auto Focus and a dual-tone LED flash are designed to help the camera focus instantly and accurately. This allows for a blur-free, realistic looking photos, even in low light.
  • Long Lasting Battery:  DTEK60 packs a 3000 mAh battery with enough power to withstand up to 24 hours of mixed use.

DTEK60 Security Features:

The device also comes equipped with the security and productivity features that past Android for BlackBerry devices have included:
  • Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches. They have set the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
  • DTEK™ by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also monitors applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.
  • Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start. This allows for the tracking, verification and provisioning of the DTEK60.
  • Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK60’s secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding. This ensures your device has not been tampered with since the last restart.
  • Android OS Hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches. It improves upon Android’s native Address Space Layout Randomisation and reduces the number of system applications and services running with elevated permissions. This makes it more difficult for attackers to compromise the OS.
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information. This includes pictures, or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.
  • Android™ for Work and Google Play™ for Work: Allows for fast, simple and secure integration with an enterprise environment. It also offers access to numerous rich business and IT-managed apps.
  • Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support: DTEK60 supports BlackBerry’s powerful suite of EMM applications and secure productivity solutions. These include: WatchDox by BlackBerry for secure file-sharing, Good Work for business-class email and collaboration tools, Strong Authentication by BlackBerry as a VPN solution, SecuSUITE for Enterprise for secure voice and instant messaging communication, BBM Protected for encrypted messaging and BES12 for secure cross-platform management.
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