BlackBerry DTEK60 review: The best enterprise flagship, priced at just $499

A couple of months ago when BlackBerry announced it was ending internal hardware development, I read many stories stating there would be no more BlackBerry hardware and thought the company would never release another BlackBerry-branded phone. There was some misunderstanding and confusion with those reports and with the BlackBerry DTEK60we see BlackBerry branding on a high end smartphone launched at a very reasonable price.

While BlackBerry will no longer be designing the hardware from the ground up, it did work closely with TCL to modify a reference design for its customers. I purchased a DTEK60 early last week and after about 10 days I am so impressed with the hardware and software that I plan to keep the device as my primary Android smartphone.

Previous BlackBerry flagships came at a high price with the BlackBerry Priv launching at $699 last year. The new BlackBerry DTEK60 is available now for just $499 and is one of the least expensive flagship phones you can purchase today, while offering enhanced productivity and efficiency elements in a sleek form factor.


  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.15 GHz quad-core
  • Display: 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution AMOLED, 534 ppi
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32 GB internal with microSD card storage for up to 2TB
  • Cameras: 21 megapixel f/2.0 camera and 8 megapixel front facing f/2.2 camera with flash
  • Extras: Dual stereo speakers, convenience button
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging
  • Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.19 mm and 136 grams

If you look at the specs above, it matches what we see today from other Android flagships in nearly every way. Water resistance would be great and make the DTEK60 even more compelling for the enterprise, but at $499 it is still an excellent choice.


My first thought when I took the BlackBerry DTEK60 out of the box was that Samsung must have released a BlackBerry device. The DTEK60 has front and rear glass panels with a metal frame and dual beveled edges between the glass panels. It looks and feels awesome in the hand and I’m having a tough time believing this is a BlackBerry device that only costs $500.

Advertising photos may not do this device justice as it truly is an elegant looking classy device that is perfect for the office. You get that traditional BlackBerry red LED and a handful of high end specifications in an awesome looking device.


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