BlackBerry on Tuesday announced a new smartphone called the DTEK50, touted as the most secure Android smartphone ever. The company is really pushing mobile security as the USP of the DTEK50. BlackBerry has always been way ahead of the market when it comes to mobile security and it should hope at least some enterprises will take notice when it talks of an affordable device that is more secure than both iOS and Android. The phone has a pre-order price of $299 in the US and other markets where it will start shippingon August 8.
So what are the specs and feature like?
The BlackBerry DTEK50 is a “Fully Android” smartphone, which means it is not running a BlackBerry OS. The phone is actually based on Android Marshmallow.
It has a 5.2” scratch resistant Full HD display. It is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core (Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53) and Adreno 405, 550MHz GPU. The phone has 3 GB RAM and 16 GB Flash storage expandable up to 2TB. The 13 megapixel auto-focus rear camera has Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF) with Fast focus lock while the front camera offers 8MP Fixed-Focus with f2.2.
The company is also pushing the Intelligent BlackBerry Keyboard on this phone, which is a great feature for most users.
The battery seems a bit underwhelming at 2610 mAh non-removable battery but thankfully there is Quick Charge 2.0.
Regular features like BlackBerry Hub, DTEK, Password Keeper, BBM and BlackBerry Calendar are pre-burned in the phone.
India is not among the markets where the phone will be available in the first wave. Given that BlackBerry still has a lot of brand recollect in the Indian market, the phone should end up here in a few months.
The company also hinted at more Android devices, including one with a physical keyboard. That could be a big winning point for the company given that there aren’t many companies offering smartphones with keyboards.