BlackBerry's new DTEK60 firmly targets business users with features designed to make it more secure than the average Android smartphone. Those extra security options include automatic encryption and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, among others. Plus, it promises fast performance, a sharp and roomy 5.5-inch display, and a slim, durable design. It's available today on BlackBerry's website for $499.
If you haven't used a BlackBerry phone in a while, you might be surprised by the DTEK60. Whereas older BlackBerry phones ran on the company's own operating system, which was noteworthy for its relative lack of apps, newer BlackBerry devices run on the Android operating system. That means you get a great selection of apps, in addition to a more modern and user-friendly interface.
BlackBerry says the DTEK60's security options set it apart from rival Android smartphones. The device offers secure boot functionality , and full disk encryption is enabled by default. Additionally, a fingerprint reader lets you unlock the phone with one touch, and its rear-mounted placement makes it convenient to reach.
Some nice security software also comes preloaded on the DTEK60. That includes a built-in password manager, which can generate and store secure passwords and then retrieve them automatically whenever they're needed. There's also the DTEK app, which monitors your phone's security status and lets you resolve any issues with a few taps.
Hardware highlights include a 5.5-inch, quad-HD display that should feel noticeably roomier than the 5.2-inch screen on the DTEK50, BlackBerry's previous release. The DTEK60 offers 32GB of onboard storage and runs on a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which should provide zippy performance. In addition, its beefy 3,000-mAh battery comes with quick charging capabilities to help you juice up your device just before you leave the office.
All of those internals and features add up to a device that could entice some workers back to the BlackBerry brand — but the DTEK60 will face some stiff competition. If you order from BlackBerry and pay before Nov. 8, the phone will come with its own case and a rapid charger for free. Check out our list of the best smartphones for business to see which devices we recommend.