After leaking out in images earlier today, BlackBerry, in a surprising move, has made the DTEK50 (Yes, that’s the name) android handset official. However, it seems like the company is transitioning away from hardware as BlackBerry DTEK 50 essentially inherits hardware specifications and design from Alcatel’s Idol 4. Additionally, it is being touted as world’s most secure phone featuring high-end security tools.
In terms of specifications, the BlackBerry DTEK 50 offers a 5.2-inch Full HD panel up front and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core processor backed by 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 2TB via a MicroSD card and Adreno 405 for graphics. Camera arrangement includes a 13MP rear facing f/2.0 lens, dual-tone flash, PDAF and an 8MP front f/2.2 84-degree wide angle lens assisted with a LED flash. Moreover, the phone comes with Android Marshmallow with a bunch of BlackBerry enhancements such as Messenger, Hub on top of it. BlackBerry DTEK 50 runs on a 2610 mAh battery with fast charging support. On the networking side, it has support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC. It can be said BlackBerry has layered Alcatel’s Idol 4 with custom software with no hardware alterations whatsoever. Although, it would have been a lot better if they had included the physical keyboard for a couple of extra bucks.
BlackBerry will be initially making the DTEK 50 available for pre-order at a price of $299 with a complimentary power bank in countries including US, US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. After the drastic downfall of their Priv smartphone, BlackBerry seems to have decided to target the budget sector and despite better hardware available at lower prices, customers will be surely interested in investing in the long lost Canadian firm again as it runs Android. Additionally, they’ve stated more Android phones will be released later this year.