BlackBerry has just announced their second Android smartphone, the DTEK50, and its being touted as the ‘world’s most secure’ Android smartphone. It’s the same smartphone which we reported a couple of days ago as internally named “Neon”.
The DTEK50 has a 5.2-inch scratch resistant display with 1080p resolution and Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor along with Ardeno 405 GPU. There is 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space which can be expanded up to using the microSD slot. It has two cameras – 13-megapixel on the back and 8-megapixel on the front. Both cameras come with their own flashes. There is no physical keyboard like the Priv but it definitely has very good build quality with ample use of metal and hard plastic. The phone is powered by a 2,610 mAh battery and does not support any kind of fast charging.
In terms of software, it is running a modified version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow with some BlackBerry features like Hub. Main highlight of the phone is its DTEK software that protects users from malware and other security problems often seen on Android smartphones. It also gives a quick overview of the devices’s security and some quick actions to resolve issues. BlackBerry has baked some security feature that were original developed for BB10 in the DTEK50. The company is also committing to timely software updates and delivery patches to keep the device secure.
Apart from the software, the DTEK50 smartphone looks like a rebrand of Alcatel Idol 4 smartphone which was launched earlier this year. Some previous reports suggested that BlackBerry is working with Alcatel to develop its next Android smartphones but there were no indications of simple rebrands.
BlackBerry DTEK50 can be pre-ordered directly from company’s website for $299 (about Rs 30,000) starting today. Shipping will start in next week. The phone being sold by BlackBerry is fully unlocked and can be used with any carrier inside and outside USA.
With its $299 price tag, the only feature that puts it apart from other phones in this range are software features like DTEK and BlackBerry Hub otherwise in terms of specifications, the $350 One Plus 3 is a far superior phone. BlackBerry is yet to unveil two more Android phones codenamed ‘Mercury’ which is a high-end device and ‘Argon’ which is a mid-end device with a huge battery and physical QWERTY keyboard.