1. BlackBerry unveils two Android smartphones in India; here are the key specs, price and features

BlackBerry unveils two Android smartphones in India; here are the key specs, price and features

Blackberry, with an aim to make a comeback in the smartphone market, has brought its Android avatar to India. The Canadian smartphone maker announced the launch of two new handsets in the country called the DTEK50 and DTEK60 with a price tag of Rs 21,990 and Rs 46,990 respectively.

By: | Updated: November 7, 2016 4:37 PM
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Blackberry, with an aim to make a comeback in the smartphone market, has brought its Android avatar to India. The Canadian smartphone maker announced the launch of two new handsets in the country called the DTEK50 and DTEK60 with a price tag of Rs 21,990 and Rs 46,990 respectively. The DTEK60 which was announced last month in many countries is now for sale in India. It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC at 2.15 GHz and 4GB RAM. It has an internal memory of 32GB, expandable up to 256GB by a microSD card. The smartphone has a 5.5 inch AMOLED display and a resolution of 2K (2560×1440) that is 534ppi. In the camera department, it has a 21 megapixel (f/2.0) at the back and a 8 megapixel (f/2.2) in the front. The device is fueled by a 3,000 mAh unit with QuickCharge 3.0 support.

The DTEK50, however, was unveiled a while back in other countries. It has a 5.2 inch Full HD IPS LCD screen and a resolution of 441ppi. It is powered by a Snapdragon 617 SoC and 3GB RAM. The device has an internal memory of 16Gb but can be expanded up to 256 GB through a microSD card. The phone has a 13 megapixel (f/2.0) camera at the back and 8 megapixels (f/2.2) in the front. The smartphone is fueled by a 2,610 mAH and has the Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 standard support.

Both DTEK50 and DTEK60 run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow alongside a custom BlackBerry skin as well as the company’s own custom DTEK security suite. When it comes to connectivity, these smartphones have 4G support, 802.11 a/b/g/n/as, Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP with GPS, GLONASS, etc. The DTEK has features of a flagship device, with a USB Type-C connector and a fingerprint sensor, which the DTEK50 lacks. The company also announced a new distribution partnership with Optiemus.

Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President, Global Device Sales, BlackBerry, told reporters, “India is a very important market for BlackBerry and we are delighted to announce a new partnership with Optiemus Infracom Ltd that strengthens our network of key partners in India and enables us to deliver our secure BlackBerry Android experience to more customers.”

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