BlackBerry has a New Cheap and Secure Android, but Sans the Keyboard

July 29, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

So that’s it; Priv was the last of the batch to have stood as the reminiscent of the classic BlackBerry? We can’t be sure, but at least it seems that way, as BlackBerry has now announced a new Android device, and unlike Priv, there won’t be a classic keyboard to boast the BlackBerry trait.

The company still has got some catchy tweaks for its new outing, and it’s that the DTEK50,a s it’s called, is the most secure Android device the smartphone industry have got to offer right at this moment.

Like it was said before, BlackBerry has downed its pricing range for the Android device, and it will be available for $299, which is much less than the launch price of Priv, BlackBerry’s first Android device. There has been a scale-down of the specs alongside, but the software running inside the device will be on line with that on Priv.


Running into the specs, the DTEK50 comes with a Full HD 5.2-inch display, and inside the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor that is paired with 3GB RAM. 16GB of storage is what you get in-built, but it can be expanded up to a massive size of 2TB using memory card.

On the front, we have an 8MP camera that comes with a flash, while the rear side houses a 13-MP primary camera. The device will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and will come with several BlackBerry features like the Hub. It also has got a 2160mAhbattery packed inside.

But keep aside all those specs, as we are speaking about the world’s most secure Android, and BlackBerry means business. That alone makes a good combo, and along with that, we have a cheaper price tag too, which could make it more appealing in the markets than its previous entry. The company has also promised to offer quick security patches, stressing on the claim that security forms the foundation of the device.

DTEK 50 is now up for pre-order in Best Buy, B&H and Amazon for US customers, and will be compatible with AT$T and T-Mobile. BlackBerry is also planning to offer DTEK 50 through security resellers and other distributers to expand its reach among business customers. The device will start shipping on August 8.

BlackBerry’s latest announcement has also left something interesting for the keyboard-savvy ones. The name is Thurber, which will be a new Android device from the company that will arrive with a physical keyboard. It will be coming shortly, said the company during the announcement of DTEK 50.

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