Blackberry’s last, most powerful Android phones launched in India

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Blackberry phones are living their last few days. After announcing the DTEK60, its last, most powerful Android phone late last month, Blackberry has launched the smartphone in India today for a price of Rs 46,990. Blackberry also launched its earlier announced DTEK50 in India for a price of Rs 21,990. But will there be any takers for them?

The DTEK60 and the DTEK50 are all-touch Android phones sporting Blackberry’s proprietary DTEK security app which monitors the security level of the device in an all-in-one interface. The app will notify users when the location services, microphone or camera is being used by any app. It comes with a security status meter and can tell whether your security is poor, fair or excellent in a glance.

You also get Blackberry’s own Android launcher, a custom keyboard and the Blackberry Hub app which brings some of the old benefits over to the Android ecosystem.

Apart from this, both the Blackberry DTEK60 and the DTEK50 are like any other Android phone that came out this year, although the DTEK60 happens to come with flagship specs.

The DTEK60 sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a quad HD screen resolution and a pixel density of 534ppi. Unlike the plastic finish of the DTEK50, the latest from Blackberry’s stable comes with a premium glass finish that does make the phone look and feel like a 2016 flagship. It also sports a customisable Blackberry Convenience key which can be programmed to open any app or function, and mutes calls when on an active phone call.

Under the hood, the DTEK60 is powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor and coupled with 4 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of onboard storage expandable up to 2TB (theoretically) via a microSD card. Running it all is a powerful 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support and an USB-Type C charger with support for USB 2.0 (as compared to the USB 1.0 supported by most devices) and will ship with an additional USB-C to USB-A adapter. There is also a fingerprint scanner at the back.

Blackberry has managed to cram even more pixels to the camera with the DTEK60 coming with a 21-megapixel rear camera with six-element f/2.0 lens and dual-tone LED flash. The camera is capable of shooting 4K video and comes with full manual controls. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera for the selfies and video calls.

Having said all this, the Blackberry DTEK60 looks identical to the Alcatel Idol 4S with just a slight design change on the back. It also runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Blackberry is touting the DTEK phones to be the ‘world’s most secure Android smartphones’ and claims the Enterprise Mobility Management solutions makes the smartphones easily ready for enterprise adoption.

The DTEK50, on the other hand, sports 5.2-inch full HD screen with a pixel density of 424ppi. It is powered by a 1.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor combined with 3 gigs of RAM and 16 gigs of inbuilt storage which can also be expanded using a microSD card. At the heart of the DTEK50 is a 2,610mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support.

On the rear, the DTEK50 sports a 13-megapixel camera with 6-element f/2.0 lens, phase-detection autofocus and dual tone LED flash. There is also an 8-megapixel front camera with an 84-degree wide angle lens and f/2.2 aperture.

Blackberry announced last month that it will stop making its own phones and will outsource its phone-making business to other manufacturers. In that sense, the DTEK50 and the DTEK60 are the last smartphones conceptualised, developed and made by Blackberry itself. This also means, it will be the last smartphones Blackberry truly made.

The DTEK60 will be available from early December for a price of Rs 46,990 and the DTEK50 will be go on sale from this weekend for a price of Rs 21,990.