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BlackBerry trots out a last-gasp Android phone

Even as an end-of-the-line BlackBerry phone, though, the DTEK60 looks to be a very capable device.

Hello, BlackBerry DTEK60. Goodbye, BlackBerry as a maker of phones.


BlackBerry on Tuesday announced the DTEK60, a midrange Android phone with a focus on security. The phone is the company's third device that runs Google's Android software, following the DTEK50 and last year's BlackBerry Priv. It will also be the last "official" BlackBerry device. The company announced last month it will begin outsourcing design, production and distribution of products to hardware partners.

Even as an end-of-the-line BlackBerry phone, the DTEK60 looks to be a very capable device. It comes with a 5.5-inch QuadHD display with a resolution of 2,560x1,440-pixels and a pixel density of 538 ppi. That's on par with Google's new Pixel XL phone. Other specs include a 21-megapixel rear camera and a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There's also a microSD card slot to add up to an additional 2TB of space.

On the software side, the DTEK60 is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow and includes additional security patches, an attribute that BlackBerry claims "makes it more difficult for attackers to compromise the OS." The phone is available now from BlackBerry's website for $499 (£475).

Full specs:

  • 5.5-inch QuadHD display (2,560x1,440 pixels)
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 21-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • MicroSD slot with support for up to 2TB of additional space
  • 3,000mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0
  • USB Type-C port
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow