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Most Wanted: The top mid-range (<$500) smartphones of 2016

The mid-range smartphone segment is a highly competitive one these days, and one that is seeing its price boundaries ever-expanded in the quest to reach the perfect equilibrium of specifications to dollar. 2016 saw the release of what we think are five truly exceptional mid-range devices in the United States: these phones put their money where their mouth is. Devices in this category must be priced at retail under $500, but over $250 (sub-$250 qualifies for our "budget" category). Our picks for "Top Mid-Range Smartphone" are presented below, in no particular order.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 is official, available today for $499

After a month of rampant leaks and speculation, the phone we've all been waiting for in fevered anticipation has gone official; the BlackBerry DTEK60, the bigger brother to the DTEK50 (a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4). The Canadian company published a blog post today detailing the phone, its specification, and features, which include many security-focused apps, as is BlackBerry's wont.

As BlackBerry accidentally published the full list of specs over a month ago, we already know the major details, but they probably bear repeating once more. Inside there are a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM, a 3000mAh battery that can go to 24 hours, and 32GB internal storage and a microSD card slot.

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BlackBerry's Snapdragon 820-equipped DTEK60 is up for pre-order at B&H for $499.99

It's no secret that BlackBerry isn't doing so well these days - the PRIV hasn't sold very well due to its high price point, and the DTEK50 is simply a more expensive, rebadged Alcatel Idol 4 with some BlackBerry software. Though the DTEK60 is also based on an (unreleased) Alcatel/TCL device, it seems like a pretty compelling offering.

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BlackBerry accidentally publishes details about DTEK60, could be based on unannounced, upgraded Alcatel Idol 4S

Earlier this year, BlackBerry released the DTEK50, a rebadged Alcatel Idol 4 with some extra BlackBerry security software on it. That phone didn't fare too well with critics. Now, the security-crazy company has mistakenly published the specs of the DTEK60, which looks to be a plus-sized, upgraded DTEK50. For what it's worth, the URL of the DTEK60's specifications page includes "donotpublish.html".

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