THE BLACKBERRY DTEK50 is just a few months old, but the Canadian firm has already bought out a higher-spec sequel in the form of the BlackBerry DTEK60.
We pit the two BlackBerrys head-to-head on paper to point out the main differences.
BlackBerry DTEK60: 154x75x6.9mm, 165g, USB Type-C
BlackBerry DTEK50: 147x73x7.4mm, 135g, microUSB
Both of the company’s 2016 Android handsets are BlackBerry by name only. The BlackBerry DTEK50 was modeled on the Alcatel Idol 4, while the DTEK60 arrives wearing the TCL 950’s clothes. BlackBerry’s decision to leave the hardware game doesn’t necessarily seem to be a bad thing thus far, as the designs have at least introduced some uniformity into the proceedings.
The DTEK50 was billed as the “thinnest BlackBerry ever” at launch, but the BlackBerry DTEK60 stole that crown just a few months later (7.4mm vs 6.9mm). It’s still the lighter model of the two, though, at an impressive 30g less.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 has a premium glass and aluminium frame, but the DTEK50 is made largely from plastic. The textured rear of the cheaper handset has been replaced with a shiny, smooth glass panel, but thankfully the dual-firing front and rear speakers remain in place on both.
In our review we criticised the DTEK50 for its lack of fingerprint sensor. The BlackBerry DTEK60 rights this wrong, but its placement (and size) leave a lot to be desired. It can be found on the rear of the device, below the 21MP camera, yet those with small hands might struggle to stretch that far.
For better or worse, the two handsets bring back BlackBerry’s Convenience Key which, rather confusingly, lives on the right next to the volume controls. The power button is on the left.
BlackBerry DTEK60: 5.5in 2560×1440 resolution, 534ppi
BlackBerry DTEK50: 5.2in 1920×1080 resolution, 424ppi
A mere 0.3″ stands between the 5.2in IPS LCD panel of the DTEK50 and the 5.5in AMOLED display on the DTEK60. But the premium handset gets a resolution to match, and improves on the Full HD found on its more affordable sibling. The QHD panel is also capable of displaying a higher ppi count.
The two phones use the same Dragon Trail glass and oleophobic coating.
BlackBerry DTEK60: Quad-core Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM
BlackBerry DTEK50: Hexa-core Snapdragon 617, 3GB of RAM
The most jarring differences can be found inside the two BlackBerrys. The DTEK60 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and in doing so tussles with handsets from some of 2016’s biggest names. At the other end of the spectrum, the BlackBerry DTEK50 uses the decidedly middle-of-the-road Snapdragon 617.
The two chipsets are poles apart in terms of performance, and if you want to future-proof your investment (yet alone gunning for speed), the DTEK60 is the only sensible choice here.
The DTEK60 also benefits from an extra gigabyte of RAM.
BlackBerry DTEK60: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
BlackBerry DTEK50: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
‘It’s a BlackBerry, Jim, but not as we know it.’ This is how we began our hands-on review of BlackBerry’s newest DTEK60. Joking aside, both handsets manage to retain at least some of the BlackBerry software magic that sets them apart from the Android competition.
There’s the DTEK Blackberry App that provides a security tune-up, while the BlackBerry Hub gathers all messages, emails, calendar entries and chats into one place. The BlackBerry Productivity Tab and BlackBerry Keyboard ensure you remember whose phone you’re holding in your hands.
BlackBerry also stands tall with Google to offer monthly software and security updates, so the DTEK range could be for you if you want to stay ahead of the curve and get the most secure Android experience.
BlackBerry DTEK60: Rear 21MP, f/2.0, dual-LED flash, 8MP front-facing
BlackBerry DTEK50: Rear 13MP, f/2.0, dual-LED flash, 8MP front-facing
Aside from the obvious difference in megapixel count, the DTEK60 uses Sony’s more advanced IMX230 sensor.
The DTEK60 must also possess one of the biggest camera bumps in recent memory. It forgoes the DTEK50’s practically flush design for something that bit more obtrusive.
The two rear-facing snappers use the same f/2.0 aperture, as well as similar dual-LED flash setups. In practice they’re an even match when it comes to focusing and shutter speed.
BlackBerry DTEK60: 3,000mAh
BlackBerry DTEK50: 2,610mAh
We struggled to make the DTEK50 last a day during our tests. BlackBerry promises up to 24 hours of use with the newer model, so we’re looking forward to seeing how true this is.
The DTEK60 gets a marginal increase in battery capacity and has Quick Charging 3.0 technology (vs Quick Charge 2.0).
BlackBerry DTEK60: 32GB, microSD slot
BlackBerry DTEK50: 16GB, microSD slot
The more premium DTEK60 gets a bump in storage, doubling the DTEK50’s 16GB to 32GB. Both phones can be extended up to a maximum of 2TB via microSD.
BlackBerry DTEK60: £475
BlackBerry DTEK50: £275
Those more powerful specs come at a price. £200 to be precise. To that end you might want to weigh up how much value you really put on the upgrades, particularly if you’re just in it for the software. µ
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