BlackBerry Launches the DTEK50, the ‘world’s most secure’ smartphone for $300

BlackBerry has officially unveiled the DTEK50, its second Android-powered smartphone. The first one was PRIV, which launched in late 2015. The new smartphone is targeted at the mid-tier market consumers with a need for added security.

The DTEK50, or ‘the world’s most secure Android smartphone’ as Blackberry claims to be features a 5.2-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 scratch-resistant display, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (added microSD card support). It will sport Snapdragon 617 SoC 8 Cortex-A53 processing cores running at a speed of 1.5GHz that would provide adequate processing power. It will also be powered by a 2,610mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 2.0 and will be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

It also comes with a 13MP rear camera with phase detection auto focus, an f/2.0 aperture and support for 1080p video recording at 30fps, as well as an 8MP front camera with an f/2.2 aperture. It will also have GSM compatibility. As for aesthetics, the device is actually built by Alcatel, and uses the same language as the company’s Alcatel Idol 4. The BlackBerry device looks to have a more textured back plate.

The smartphone also features a programmable BlackBerry Convenience Key, pop-up widgets, BlackBerry Device Search, Instant Actions, and Gesture Controls as part of the Canadian company’s software improvements to Android.

It comes with the BlackBerry Hub preinstalled, as well as the BlackBerry keyboard, while DTEK (the software) monitors your overall security rating and has suggestions for improving it. DTEK tracks your apps and notifies you when someone is taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, or accessing your contacts or location. The same goes for when your microphone is turned on and when an SMS is sent.

You can pre-order the device from Blackberry’s website for $299.99, and you will also get a free 12600mAh power bank with your order. These pre-order bundles are expected to ship out on August 8, 2016.

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