BlackBerry has announced its second Android smartphone into the market, the DTEK50. The new device uses a touchscreen keyboard, is rebranded Alcatel Idol 4 for business customers. If that’s the case, then the BlackBerry‘s DTEK50 shares the hardware specifications and design with the Idol 4, which is a mid-ranger, all-touchscreen smartphone. Here are the full details on its pricing and availability date.
BlackBerry DTEK50 smartphone features 5.20-inch 1080×1920 display powered by 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor alongside 3GB RAM and 13-megapixel rear camera. The Canada-based company is also claiming that it is the “world’s most secure” smartphone. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with BlackBerry’s UI, such as the Hub. Suggesting that the DTEK50 hardware’s software is similar to what we found earlier on the Priv, released last year.
For selfies, there’s still an 8-megapixel front-facing camera sensor that too includes an LED flash for better photography. The device is up for pre-order direct from BlackBerry for $299.99 starting July 27 and will be available on August 8th. It is sold unlocked, and be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.
About the security features that are highlighted right in the device’s name, as it has BlackBerry’s DTEK software that protects users from malware and other security vulnerabilities often seen on Android smartphones. The app DTEK lets users quickly get an overview of their device’s security and take immediate action on any potential flaws or issues. With that said, BlackBerry has also modified Android with its own technology originally developed for the BB10 platform to make it more secure. For that to go further, the company is also committing to rapid updates to deliver security patches shortly after they are released.
It encrypts all users’ data, including business critical information and personal notes and is FIPS 140-2 Compliant. Has Malware protection along with backup, wipe and restore options. It provides users visibility and take control over which apps get access to their private data or device features such as a microphone or camera. DTEK by BlackBerry app enables users automatically monitor their operating system and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and take action to improve it.
The company has also introduced a Secure Boot Process inside the DTEK50 smartphone, so every stage of that chain must first of all verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring that the device has not been tampered with since the last reboot (restart).
Not one, but BlackBerry also said that it will be releasing three smartphones in the upcoming future and it appears that the DTEK50 is the first and foremost of the batch. Unfortunately, the DTEK50 doesn’t have a physical keyboard, and said there will likely be further devices with the future.
Specs, Price And Launch Date
- 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD scratch-resistant display
- Octa-Core Snapdragon 617 (4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz) processor with 550MHz Adreno 405 GPU
- 3GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB via microSD
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, 6P lens
- 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f2.2, 84-degree wide angle lens
- Dimensions: 147×72.5×7.4mm; Weight: 135g
- 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
- 2610mAh battery with fast charging
You can grab it in Black color and the BlackBerry DTEK50 costs CA$ 429 CDN, 339 Euros, and 275 GBP. In India it goes on sale at Rs. 20,140 approximately, if it launches here. Pre-order through ShopBlackBerry.com in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands. As a limited time offer, customers who already ordered DTEK50 will get a free BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack worth $59.99 till release date.
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