If there’s such thing as an ambitious manufacturer, then it’s definitely BlackBerry! After struggling to maintain on the market with phones running their own operating system, the Canadian company finally made the jump to Android, with last year’s Priv handset. However, things didn’t go as expected and, surprisingly, they decided to give it another shot, with the new BlackBerry DTEK50.
On the other side, the launch isn’t that much of a surprise, since renders of the phone started surfacing over the past weeks, alongside code names like Hamburg or Neon. Still, it’s officially called BlackBerry DTEK50 and it’s not bad at all!
At a first look, we can notice a strong resemblance to the alcatel Idol 4, a mid-ranger released earlier this year. And we’re not wrong at all, as the DTEK50 is just a re-branded Idol 4, running BlackBerry’s version of Android, loaded with security gimmick, alongside BlackBerry Hub and their keyboard.
Presented as “the world’s most secure Android smartphone”, the BlackBerry DTEK50 is a safe bet for the manufacturer, as they avoided investing in research and development this time, by simply putting its brand on an already existing phone.
Spec-wise, we’re looking at a 5.2″ display, with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 system-on-chip, alongside 3 GB of RAM and 16 gigs of internal storage, expandable, thanks to the presence of a microSD card slot.
On the back, it sports a 13 MP camera, with phase detection auto-focus and an LED flash, the selfie department being represented by an 8 MP front-mounted sensor. Finally, the phone has a 2610 mAh battery and it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but, as mentioned above, with the manufacturer’s slight touch.
The BlackBerry DTEK50 is already available for pre-ordering in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, at a starting price of $299. Starting with August 8 it will also begin hitting the shelves and carriers’ offers.