Blackberry on Tuesday announced its second Android smartphone called the DTEK50. The new device is a mid-range, all-touch screen smartphone, which shares the design and hardware specifications of the Idol 4S, a smartphone produced by the Chinese manufacturer Alcatel. Boasting about the new device’s security features, Blackberry claimed that Blackberry DTEK50 is the world’s most secure smartphone that offers improved security over rival Android devices.
Blackberry DTEK50 showcases a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 13-megapixel camera, 3GB RAM, and 2,610mAh battery. There’s 8MP front camera, which also includes a flash for taking selfies. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Blackberry’s software features like the Hub. The software is quite similar to that on Blackberry Priv, its highly hyped smartphone that released last year.
The smartphone also features pop-up widgets, Blackberry Device Search, Instant actions, Gesture Controls along with a programmable Blackberry Convenience key.
Talking about the security features, DTEK50 has Blackberry’s DTEK software, which protects users from malware and other security threats. The feature is often seen on Android Smartphones. The DTEK app allows users to quickly get an overview of their device’s security and take a suitable measure if any kind of potential issue occurs. Blackberry asserts that it has modified Android with its own technology, originally intended for the BB10 platform to make it more secure. The Smartphone maker is also promising to release rapid updates to deliver security patches shortly after the Smartphone release.
Blackberry has announced to release three Android Smartphones in the near future, and it appears that DTEK50 is the first Smartphone of the list. Unlike previous Blackberry smartphones, Blackberry DTEK50 doesn’t feature a physical keyboard. But the company has assured that it is not abandoning keyboard, and the feature will arrive back in future devices.
Unlike previous Blackberry Smartphones, Blackberry DTEK50 doesn’t feature a physical keyboard. But the company has assured that it is not abandoning keyboard, and the feature will arrive back in future devices.
Blackberry DTEK50 smartphone is up for pre-order direct from Blackberry’s own website in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. It is priced at $299, €339, CAD 429 and £275. Pre-orders have started today and the smartphone will be available on August 8. It will be sold unlocked and will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.
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