BlackBerry DTEK60 and DTEK50 launch in India


As we reported at the end of last month, BlackBerry today held a press event in New Delhi India, where the company launched the DTEK50 and DTEK60 Android smartphones.

The event was hosted by Narendra Nayak, MD BlackBerry India and Alex Thurber, Senior VP, Device Sales at BlackBerry, where BlackBerry also announced a new distribution partnership with Optiemus.

While BlackBerry DTEK 50 will retail at Rs 21,990; the higher specced DTEK60 is priced at Rs 46,990. DTEK50 will be available in stores starting this weekend while the DTEK60 will be available to purchase by the end of November.

Last June, BlackBerry reiterated their position in India, partnering with HCL Infosystems, a leading VAR with coverage across 15,000 towns in 664 districts in India, further expanding the company’s software vendor and solution portfolio.

At the time, Richard McLeod, Vice President Global Channels at BlackBerry stated that India was still a priority for the company,

“India is a priority for BlackBerry’s enterprise software business and we are focused on delivering the best possible experience to our business customers in this market.

By working with an established partner like HCL Infosystems in India, we aim to create growth for our partners while giving our customers wider access to our leading suite of enterprise solutions with world-class support, helping organizations advance their mobility strategies.”

At today’s event,  Narendra Nayak stated,

“The company now has four pillars: enterprise solutions, technology solutions, secure messaging and secure handsets,”

Alex Thurber said the company takes its tag line of securely connecting the world very seriously. Now, this function spears across all operating systems and platforms and is not limited to BB OS like before.

““As we are continuing to implement a new strategic direction for our Mobility Solutions business, we will continue to leverage third parties to distribute and market BlackBerry handsets,”

“What you have on your phone is your life,”


DTEK50 is BlackBerry’s second smartphone powered by Android, following the PRIV.

Fully equipped with Android Marshmallow 6.0, DTEK50 combines BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and productivity with the full Android experience in an all-touch design, at a price point that’s accessible for consumers and ideal for enterprise fleet deployment.

DTEK50 Specifications


Height 147 mm / 5.79 in
Width 72.5 mm / 2.85 in
Depth 7.4 mm / 0.29 in

135g / 4.76 oz

All-touch screen, with intuitive gesture based navigation
On screen BlackBerry Keyboard
Contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction and a personalised learning engine that gets to know the way you type with on screen flick typing or seamless flow typing.
Dedicated keys
Volume Up/Down, Lock (for Power On/Off)
Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key (usable as Mute Key when on an active call)


424 PPI
1920 x 1080 resolution
24-bit colour depth
Screen Size
5.2″ diagonal
16:9 aspect ratio


Operating System
Android OS


Qualcomm 8952 with 64 bit Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 (Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core, 64 bit)
Adreno 405, 550MHz GPU

16 GB Flash

Expandable memory
Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD memory card (Up to 2TB)

USB 2.0 fully supported with standard microUSB 2.0 cable (included in box)


2610 mAh 4.4V non-removable Lithium Ion battery QC2.0 Enabled – 50% charge in 51 minutes

Battery life
Up to 17 hours mixed battery life
Up to 17 hours talk time
Up to 24 days standby time
Up to 40 hours audio playback
Up to 8 hours video playback

Camera & Video

Rear Camera
13 megapixel auto-focus camera
Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock
6-element f2.0 lens
Dual Tone LED Flash Enhanced photo colour balance
4x digital zoom
Continuous & touch to focus, face detection, image stabilisation
Panorama, Burst, Live Filters
Multi-frame Low Light Enhancement
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps

Front Camera
8MP Fixed-Focus, f2.2
1.125um pixel size
8″ wide angle/field of view lens
Image & video stabilisation
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
Selfie Flash
Wide Selfie Mode (also known as Selfie Panorama)
Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement


Image formats
Audio & video formats
Audio & video
MPEG-4, AAC+, AAC-LC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, DivX, EVRC, FLAC, H.263, H.264, H265/HEVC, MIDI, MP3, OPUS, PCM, QCELP, VC-1, VORBIS, VP8, VP9, WMA, WMA 9/10, WMA Pro, Xvid, eAAC+

Streaming protocols
HTTP(S) Progressive Download, HTTP(S) Live Streaming (HLS) version 3, RTSP (RTP, SDP)


Pre-loaded apps
BlackBerry Applications:
BlackBerry Keyboard, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, Contacts by BlackBerry, Notes by BlackBerry, Tasks by BlackBerry, BlackBerry Camera, BBM, DTEK by BlackBerry, BlackBerry Device Search, BlackBerry Launcher, BlackBerry Services, BlackBerry Help, BlackBerry Password Keeper, Microsoft exFAT Technology for BlackBerry, BlackBerry Content Transfer, Yahoo! Finance

Android Applications:

Gmail, Hangouts, Google Chrome, Google Drive, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Play, Google Photos, Messenger (SMS), Android Device Manager

Alerts & Notifications

On-screen or white LED indicator
(Some notification options are user configurable)

Networks & Connectivity

Network bands
North America and Latin America:
FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, 30(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/700/700/800/700/2300 MHz)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific:
FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28A (2100/1900/1800/2600/900/800/700 MHz)
TD-LTE 38, 40, 41 (2600/2300/2500 MHz)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
802.11 a/n 5GHz
802.11 ac 5GHz
4G Mobile Hotspot
Wi-Fi Direct

FM Radio

Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR

Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS
Support for User Plane and Control Plane GPS

Pre-loaded Google Maps

NFC technology is used to create a connection to share information between your BlackBerry device and other NFC-enabled devices or NFC tags. Features on DTEK50 that use NFC technology include Android Beam, Tap and Pay, and Tap and Go.


Ambient light
Hall Effect


Google TalkBack screen reader for audible output
Face-to-face video chat with Google Hangouts
Google Now voice assistance to answer questions and perform actions
Scalable fonts and magnification to zoom in or zoom out
Closed Captioning support
High contrast text, colour inversion and colour correction
Certain models rated for use with hearing aids


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.

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 more.
  • 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.


Size153.9 mm x 75.4 mm x 6.99 mm
Weight165 g
Display5.5” QHD
2560 x 1440, 16:9 aspect ratio, 534 ppi, AMOLED
NavigationAll-touch screen, with intuitive gesture based navigation
KeyboardOn screen BlackBerry Keyboard; Contextual auto-correction, next-word
prediction and a personalised learning engine that gets to know the way you
type with on screen flick typing or seamless flow typing
Dedicated KeysVolume Up/Down, Lock (Power On/Off), Customizable BlackBerry
Convenience Key usable as Mute Key when on an Active Call
Memory4 GB RAM
32 GB Flash
Hot-swappable MicroSD slot (up to 2 TB)
PortsUSB Type-C Connector at bottom of device (USB 2.0 supported)
Battery3000 mAh non-removable Lithium Ion battery
24 hours mixed use
QC 3.0 Fast Charge Capable
Rear Camera21 MP Auto-Focus, Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock,
HDR, 6-element f2.0 lens, dual tone LED Flash — Enhanced photo color
balance, 4x digital zoom, Continuous & touch to focus, face detection,
video image stabilization, Full manual controls, Panorama, Burst, Live
Filters, Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement, 4K HD Video Recording at 30 fps, 720p HD Video Recording at 120 fps
Front Camera8 MP Fixed-Focus, f2.2, 1.125um pixel size, 84° wide angle / fi eld of view
lens, HDR, Live Filters, video image stabilization, Multi-Frame Low Light
Enhancement, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, Selfi e Flash, Wide
Selfie Mode
Network BandsNorth America and Latin America
FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific
FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28A
(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/850/800/700 MHz)
TD-LTE 38, 40, 41 (2600/2300/2500 MHz)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi®Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz, 802.11 a/n 5GHz, 802.11 ac 5GHz,
4G Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth®Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR
GPSAssisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS, GLONASS, Beidou,
Pre-loaded Google Maps
NFCNFC technology is used to create a connection to share information between
your BlackBerry device and other NFC-enabled devices or NFC tags
Ambient Light
Hall Effect

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