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BlackBerry's latest smartphone sounds promising, now available for purchase

The DTEK60 competes with the top Android devices on the spec sheet and is priced at $499

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BlackBerry on Tuesday announced the DTEK60, the company's third Android-powered smartphone. It's currently available to order through BlackBerry's website, and it will set you back $499.

Just how much does nearly $500 get you? Here's a rundown of the spec sheet:

Specifications

  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 5.5-inch Quad HD display
  • MicroSD card support up to 2 TB
  • 21-megapixel rear camera
  • 4K video capabilities
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3,000 milliamp-hour battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • USB-C
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Unlocked

This isn't the first time we've seen the DTEK60, with the device making a brief appearance on the company's website in September.

Shortly after the mixup, BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed the company would stop designing smartphone hardware within the company, and it would instead rely on its suite of software solutions and services.

Much like the DTEK50 before it, the DTEK60's main sales pitch involves BlackBerry's security know-how. ZDNet's Zack Whittaker argued BlackBerry's security software for Android devices does little to "raise the security bar" in his review of the DTEK50 earlier this year.

Nevertheless, BlackBerry continues its march forward using hardware designed and built by its manufacturing partners and adding software customization and security features on top of Google's Android platform.

The DTEK60 is available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherland starting Oct. 25. BlackBerry expects to expand availability to expand to more countries in the "coming weeks".

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