BlackBerry, famous for its "Qwerty" keyboard phones, was once a go-to smartphone brand for professionals and celebrities. However, the company couldn't keep up with the stiff competition offered by its counterparts which include Apple, Samsung, and HTC among others who have switched to touchscreen enabled smartphones long ago.
Acknowledging the same, the company has recently announced that it is pulling the plug on its internal handset activates and will instead focus on creating software for the smartphones.
Reiterating the same, Narendra Nayak, BlackBerry India head said that "the company now has four pillars: enterprise solutions, technology solutions, secure messaging, and secure handsets" at an event in Delhi where the company launched the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 - two smartphones aimed at providing high security to your data more than anything else.
Let's take a look at what these smartphones offer before discussing about whether you should buy them or not.
BlackBerry DTEK 60
The DTEK 60 is a more premium offering and is touted to be the last smartphone from the company. It is currently priced at Rs. 46,990. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage space (expandable up to 256GB), and 3,000mAh battery. The highlight of the smartphone is the 21MP f/2.0 aperture primary camera along with an 8MP camera on the front for selfies.
As mentioned earlier, both the smartphones come preloaded with the DTEK app which keeps track of security on your smartphone and notifies users via alerts if their privacy is at risk. Also, the company promises to push timely security updates to improve the overall security of the device.
But should you buy them?
It's a bit early to answer this question as we haven't reviewed them yet. But going by the specifications, the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 offer run-of-the-mill specifications for the price range they fall in respectively.
The USP of these smartphones is the additional security options and timely software updates (security) both of which no other company is offering currently. So, if security is your primary concern you may consider buying them otherwise there are plenty of options available in the market in both the price segments.
For example, instead of the DTEK 50, you can purchase the Lenovo Z2 Plus which offers great value for your money or if you have some extra cash at your disposal, you can buy the OnePlus 3 which is the best smartphone under Rs. 30,000 price segment.
On the other hand, instead of the DTEK 60, you can purchase Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge which is currently one of the best smartphones your money can buy or if you are willing to shell out some extra amount, the Apple iPhone 7 and Google Pixel are there anyways. It's your turn to call it now.