BlackBerry launches power-packed DTEK60 smartphone
BlackBerry DTEK60BlackBerry Press Kit

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry launched two new handsets -- DTEK60 and DTEK50 -- in India on Monday.

BlackBerry's new DTEK50 and DTEK60 are actually the rebranded versions of the company's hardware partner Alcatel Lucent's Idol 4 and Idol 4S series phones. The key difference between the models is that the DTEK series will have BlackBerry's state-of-the-art proprietary DTEK security system.

DTEK security feature intuitively monitors apps and processes in real time to provide an overall security rating for the device. It's "Advanced Tools" also track when the device owner's personal information is accessed, how often and for how long.

That's not all; they also come with "Hardware Root of Trust", which offers security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification and provisioning of the DTEK60. The BlackBerry device also boasts secured boot process, wherein each stage of device's secure boot chain will first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring the device has not been tampered with since the last restart.

In addition to that, it provides another layer of protection by improving Android's native Address Space Layout Randomization to reduce the number of system applications and services running with elevated permissions. This makes it more difficult for attackers to compromise the OS, BlackBerry claims.

The phones also boast customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key. Located on the right side of the phone, a single press of this button provides users with quick access to the most-used application, task, or whatever the user choose to program.

BlackBerry launches DTEK50 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core; price, specifications
BlackBerry launches DTEK50 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core; price, specificationsBlackBerry via Facebook

BlackBerry DTEK50 and DREK60 price and availability details:

BlackBerry DTEK50 costs at Rs 21,990 and is said to hit stores this weekend in India. It will be competing with Moto G4 series, Moto Z Play, Lenovo Z2 Plus, Samsung J7 Prime and LeEco Le Max 2, among others.

On the other hand, the more powerful DTEK60 will set you back by Rs 46,990 and is set to be made available in December. It will be up against the popular flagship phones such as Samsung Galaxy S7 series, Moto Z, LG G5, HTC 10, OnePlus 3, Apple iPhone 7, among others.

Key specifications of BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60:

Model BlackBerry DTEK50 BlackBerry DTEK60
Display 5.2-inch full HD screen with 1920x1080p resolution
  • Pixel density: 424 ppi (pixels per inch)
5.5-inch QHD (3560x1440p) AMOLED screen with scratch resistant technology
  • Pixel density: 534 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • 24-bit colour depth
OS Android Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon (MS8952) 617 octa-core (4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53) 64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) quad-Core ( 2.15GHz Kryo dual-core 2+ 1.6GHz Kryo dual-core)
GPU 550MHz Adreno 405 624MHz Adreno 530
RAM 3GB 4GB
Storage 16GB, expandable up to 2TB 32GB, expandable up to 2TB
Camera
  • Main: 13MP camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), fast focus lock HDR, 6-element, f/2.0 aperture lens, dual-tone LED flash, 4 x digital zoom, full HD video recording, Panorama, Burst, Live Filters, multi-frame low light enhancement
  • Front: 8MP camera with fixed-focus, f/2.2 aperture, 1.125µm pixel size, wide-angle 84-degree field of view, full HD video recording, selfie flash, wide selfie mode (aka Selfie Panorama), multi-frame low light enhancement
  • Main: 21MP camera with auto-focus, 4K video recording at 30 fps, 720p HD video recording at 120 fps, Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock, HDR, 6-element f2.0 lens, Dual Tone LED Flash for Enhanced photo colour balance, 4x digital zoom Continuous & touch to focus, face detection, video image stabilisation Panorama, Burst, Live Filters Multi-frame Low Light Enhancement
  • Front: 8MP camera with fixed focus, f2.2, 1.125um pixel size 84-degree wide angle/field of view lens, HDR, Live Filters, video image stabilization, Image & video stabilization, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, Selfie Flash, Wide Selfie Mode (also known as Selfie Panorama) and Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement
Battery 2,610mAh (4.4V) Lithium Ion battery (non-removable) withQuick Charge v2.0, which can charge up the phone close to 50% charge in 51 minutes;Battery life:
  • Up to 17 hours mixed battery life
  • Up to 17 hours talk time
  • Up to 24 days standby time
  • Up to 40 hours audio playback
  • Up to 8 hours video playback
3,000mAh Li-Ion battery (non-removable) with Quick Charge v3.0;Battery life:
  • Up to 24 hours mixed battery life
  • Up to 26 hours talk time
  • Up to 14 days standby time
  • Up to 88 hours audio playback
  • Up to 17 hours video playback
Network 4G-LTE 4G-LTE
Add-ons Bluetooth v4.2 LE (with EDR), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac; dual-band; 2.4GHz & 5GHz), USB v2.0, white-light notification indicator, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC (Near Field Communication) Fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth v4.2 (Low Energy and EDR), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/ac; dual-band:2.4GHz and 5GHz), A-GPS, GPS, GLONASS, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB Type-C, supports OTG
Dimensions 147.0 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm 153.9 x 75.4 x 7.0 mm
Weight 135 g 165g
Price Rs. 21,990/- Rs. 46,990/-

proprietary security technology including "Hardware Root of Trust",  which offer security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification and provisioning of the DTEK60. BlackBerry device also boasts secured boot process, wherein each stage of DTEK60's secure boot chain will first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring the device has not been tampered with since the last restart.

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