BlackBerry launches a 5.5-inch Android phone

BlackBerry, even though it heavily refocused toward software, has not entirely given up on selling phones, so a Chinese company called TCL is building BlackBerry-branded models.

Sure enough, BlackBerry’s new 5.5-inch DTEK60 is very similar to the Alcatel Idol 4S.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, as Alcatel sells solid phones on the cheap, and the DTEK60 has some improvements in terms of specs. Besides the 5.5-inch QHD display, the highlights are the fingerprint scanner on the back, the 3,000mAh battery and a microSD slot (BlackBerry doesn’t say how much storage memory the phone has). The 21-megapixel rear camera on the DTEK60, however, is more powerful than Alcatel’s 16-megapixel one.

It’s too early to give any sort of verdict on the DTEK60, but it would be unfair to compare it to the top flagships of today. It’s a phone with solid specs and some robust security software (and, finally, a fingerprint scanner), which is what BlackBerry is aiming for, unexciting design be damned.

The BlackBerry DTEK60 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

The BlackBerry DTEK60 is available now from BlackBerry’s website with the price tag of $499.

GENERAL

Release date October 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 153.90 x 75.40 x 7.00
Weight (g) 165.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Black
SAR value NA

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 534

HARDWARE

Processor 1.6 GHz quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2

CAMERA

Rear camera 21-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel

SOFTWARE

Operating System Android 6.0

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported NA
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
Number of SIMs 1
SIM 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No

SENSORS

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

 

 

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