BlackBerry’s Latest Android Could Finally Put the Pieces Together

September 29, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

BlackBerry stepped back a bit with the DTEK50 smartphone, its second Android powered device. Although with a good price-tag, the device was somewhat less powered than the previous flagship device of the Canadian company.  Now, the company is putting its gears back on top, as reports now suggest a new successor to the DTEK50 smartphone.

The DTEK60 (called as per FCC listing) will be the third Android smartphone from BlackBerry. But unlike the predecessor, the DTEK60 comes with all the mighty powers. This should naturally up the price anticipations, but BlackBerry seems to be playing it safe with the price point. DTEK60 is said to be coming out with surprisingly a lower price tag, nearly around $530 range.

As with the specs, the DTEK60 is said to house the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (not the SD821 SoC) with a RAM of 4GB. 32GB storage is what you get default. The 5.5-inch AMOLED display will have 2560×1440 pixel Quad HD resolution. Behind the display will be a 21MP sensor, which will be accompanied by an 8MP sensor on the front side. The device will also have Quick Charge 3.0 technology paired with its 3000mAh battery.

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The design of the smartphone appears to be similar to its predecessor as per the leaked images. The fingerprint sensor on the rear side to the bottom of the camera is still a major change. It’s also said to keep the profile slimmer with a thickness of 7mm. The new BlackBerry Android will have no physical keyboard, like the DTEK50. It will also feature the convenience key to let users access personalized shortcuts for apps and other actions.

According to the listing on Wi-Fi alliance site, the DTEK60 will only be loaded with the Android 6.0 OS, and not the latest Nougat version. It needs to be seen whether the device will be receiving an OTA update.

There has been no word about when the device will be launched, but it should definitely wind up the Android launches of BlackBerry for 2016.

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