BlackBerry (BBRY) Debuts New DTEK60, an Android-Based Smartphone

October 25, 2016 8:06 AM EDT

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BlackBerry Limited (Nasdaq: BBRY) announced the latest in its series of most secure Android smartphones, DTEK60. As part of BlackBerry's transition towards a device software licensing strategy - which allows it to focus on putting "the smart in the phone" - the DTEK60's hardware is manufactured by TCL and comes equipped with the trusted security software BlackBerry is known for. It is now available for sale at ShopBlackBerry in North America and Europe and will roll out to other regions in coming weeks.

DTEK60 is the second device in the DTEK series of Android smartphones. It provides enterprises and organizations with full access to the Android ecosystem and higher-end specs to help power productivity. It comes equipped with all the security features that BlackBerry's Android OS devices have, including best-in-class security patching and the DTEK by BlackBerry app that allows users to monitor and control their privacy on their phone.

"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, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

Features available on the DTEK60 include:

-- Fingerprint Sensor: For quick and convenient turn on and unlock, the
BlackBerry Fingerprint Sensor provides added security for unlocking your
phone, accessing Password Keeper and making purchases - including
Android Pay. Add up to five fingerprints which are fully encrypted with
security you can trust.
-- BlackBerry Intelligent Keyboard: DTEK60 has a smart keyboard designed to
learn from users and increase typing accuracy and speed. It provides
word suggestions as you type and includes up to three languages, letting
you flick them into place for faster conversations.
-- BlackBerry Hub: This unified inbox is an irreplaceable tool for
consolidating all of your messages in one place - whether it is email,
calendar, social or phone calls.
-- Customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key: With the press of a button, the
Convenience Key provides quick access to your most used applications and
-- Stunning Screen: DTEK60 has a 5.5" Quad HD display, capable of
displaying 16 million colors. The screen is made of scratch-resistant
glass and features a specialized oleophobic coating to protect against
smudges and fingerprints.
-- Expandable Memory: With support for micro SD cards up to 2 TB, DTEK60
provides the flexibility to add affordable and hot-swappable memory to
download, install, capture and share as your needs evolve.
-- Dazzling Camera: DTEK60 is engineered to deliver professional-looking
photos with an 8MP front facing camera and a 21MP auto-focus rear
camera. Plus, features like Phase Detection Auto Focus and a dual-tone
LED flash are designed to help the camera focus instantly and accurately
for a blur-free, realistic looking photos, even in low light.
-- Long Lasting Battery: DTEK60 packs a 3000 mAh battery with enough power
to withstand up to 24 hours of mixed use.

The device also comes equipped with the security and productivity features that past Android for BlackBerry devices have included:

-- Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest
to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and
patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
-- DTEK™ by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their
OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take
action to improve it. The DTEK app also monitors applications and
notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your
knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or
accessing your contacts or location.
-- Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry uses a proprietary technique that
adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification
and provisioning of the DTEK60.
-- Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of
DTEK60's secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is
fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been
tampered with since the last restart.
-- Android OS hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches,
improves upon Android's native Address Space Layout Randomization and
reduces the number of system applications and services running with
elevated permissions. This makes it more difficult for attackers to
compromise the OS.
-- FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private
information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you
were to lose your phone.
-- Android™ for Work and Google Play™ for Work: Allows for fast,
simple and secure integration with an enterprise environment as well as
easy access to numerous rich business and IT-managed apps.
-- Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support: DTEK60 supports
BlackBerry's powerful suite of EMM applications and secure productivity
solutions, including: WatchDox by BlackBerry for secure file-sharing,
Good Work for business-class email and collaboration tools, Strong
Authentication by BlackBerry as a VPN solution, SecuSUITE for Enterprise
for secure voice and instant messaging communication, BBM Protected for
encrypted messaging and BES12 for secure cross-platform management.

Availability and Pricing

Starting today, DTEK60 is available to purchase from in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands for $499 USD ($650 CDN, EUR579 and GBP 475). Availability of DTEK60 in additional global channels and countries will be announced in the coming weeks.

Customers who order DTEK60 from will receive a complimentary accessory bundle. US and Canada customers will receive a DTEK60 Soft Shell and Rapid Charger for free and customers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will receive a DTEK60 Pocket Case and Rapid Charger for free. This offer expires on November 8th at 11:59 pm PST.

For more information on DTEK60, go to Follow all updates related to DTEK60 on the Inside BlackBerry blog here and on our YouTube BlackBerry Channel here.

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