This is the new spearhead of BlackBerry. Despite the recent announcement of the discontinuation of the hardware design, the Canadian brand has still chosen to market this DTEK60 which could thus be one of the last models of its kind. After that, the company will not disappear, it will exclusively provide its software solution to partner manufacturers who wish to use it.
This change of strategy therefore does not mark the death of BlackBerry and its smartphones and this DTEK60 is not a model killed in the bud. Besides, BlackBerry has put the small dishes in the big for this model made in the factories of Alcatel, starting with the design of the device. At 69 mm thick, it offers a successful compact feeling despite its large 5.5-inch screen. On the back of the device, glass was chosen, giving a very elegant appearance to the whole.
Buttons and shortcuts for quick access
At the top of the left edge is the lock button, not necessarily ideally placed. However, double clicking on it will immediately launch the camera, much like Samsung models. A functionality that is always practical on a daily basis. On the right edge, under the volume buttons, there is also a very practical programmable key, to which you can assign various functions: writing a note, an e-mail, creating an alarm, recording a video, etc. In all, more than thirty actions are proposed. These shortcuts can also be displayed as icons on the home screens for quick access.
Note also other features added by BlackBerry to the overlay of Android 6. If BBM messaging is no longer really essential, the Hub – which combines calendar, emails and social networks – is still a good idea to find in a single place its important information. Finally, the DTEK application which gives its name to the smartphone allows us to see at a glance the authorizations requested by third-party applications to access our data and those which are considered to be abusive. This is one of the security guarantees touted by BlackBerry.
A screen superior to those of Samsung
For the screen, the manufacturer chose an Amoled 5.5-inch panel with QHD definition (1440 x 2,560), with maximum contrast. An excellent choice, especially since the brightness is there, which is not necessarily always the case with this technology. Thus with 674 cd / m², the DTEK60 even pays for the luxury of surpassing – by little, it is true – the flagships of Samsung (654 cd / m² for the Galaxy S7 Edge). Suffice to say that this screen is a real pleasure in everyday life and that it will be readable in all circumstances, even outdoors in direct sunlight.
On the technical side, it’s also solid: 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 820 processor, supported by an Adreno 530 graphics chip and 4 GB of RAM. Enough to allow the DTEK60 to display a fluid interface in all circumstances thanks to a well-optimized software, but also to run any 3D game even greedy. In our review carried out with the Epic Citadel application, we thus measured up to 59.4 images displayed per second, without slowing down even after ten reviews, while the processor had warmed up somewhat.
Two weak points, unfortunately
The energy management necessary for these good performances is unfortunately not sufficiently optimized. In multipurpose use, the EntertainmentBox lab measured a fairly average autonomy of only 7 h 34. Too bad, because the 3000 mAh battery is quite efficient in communication, taking almost 25 hours straight. The Quad HD screen, which requires a lot of battery power, is no stranger to these results, as is the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. The very busy framework, targeted by BlackBerry, will have to avoid applications that are too resource-hungry to quietly pass the cap of the day without recharging.
Finally, there is one last point that does not play in favor of the DTEK60: the quality of its 20 megapixel photo sensor. In bright scenes, digital noise appears very quickly and thus tends to annihilate details. The phenomenon is logically even more true in dark situations where it is understood that on these 20 megapixel sensors, the size of the photosites is certainly too small to be able to capture enough information. Here too, the rendering is therefore insufficient for a high-end model; and to that is added the difficulty of making the point correctly. Finally, the video is a little more convincing thanks to correct stabilization and good management of the autofocus.