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BlackBerry Announces Final In-House Phone

BlackBerry have given details on their final phone to be designed, produced and distributed in-house, following plans to outsource announced last month.

The DTEK60 is a mid-range Android smartphone that focuses on security features, with the primary target market being businesses and government departments. It features a 5.5-inch quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 21-megapixel rear camera. 

“With the DTEK60, BlackBerry continues to focus on our strengths: state-of-the-art software and security solutions. When you see our logo it means security, from our class-leading enterprise software to devices secured by BlackBerry software,” said Ralph Pini, COO and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

Other features include a 3,000 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0, a customisable side button and a fingerprint sensor on the back of the smartphone. The DTEK60 ships with 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 2TB by microSD.

The device currently runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with BlackBerry planning to upgrade the phone to Nougat in the future. BlackBerry’s final in-house phone is based on a design from TCL, and bares a striking resemblance to Alcatel’s Idol 4s.

While the device is targeted at government and business applications, consumers are also able to purchase the device for US$499 directly from BlackBerry. No details on an Australian release have been announced, however the lower-end DTEK50 announced in July is currently available.

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