BlackBerry took the veil off their latest handset, the BlackBerry DTEK50. The DTEK50 will be BlackBerry’s second entry into the Android arena following the PRIV. The device carries signature claims of being secure and privacy focused. BlackBerry’s follow up to the PRIV doesn’t stray from the manufacturer’s commitment to a secure operating system and fluid user experience.
The BlackBerry DTEK50 brings with it a set of decidedly mid-range but capable specifications at a price point which maybe very appealing to some Android users. Of course, the BlackBerry DTEK50 doesn’t stray from the ubiquitous BlackBerry corporate target. Let’s take a look at the specifications of the BlackBerry DTEK.
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 1.5 GHz|
Expandable by MicroSD Card slot up to 2 TB
FullHD Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Oleophobic coating (smudge resistant)
|Camera (Main)||13 megapixel, f/2.0
Phase Detection AutoFocus
Dual tone LED Flash
1080p video recording
|Camera (Front)||8 megapixel, f/2.2
1080p video recording
Quick Charge 2.0
Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Near Field Communications
|Dimensions & Weight||147 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm
The DTEK50 also comes with all the security features that the BlackBerry PRIV had and more. The first major difference in the BlackBerry DTEK50 is the presence of what the company calls the “BlackBerry Convenience Key”. It’s a single button located on the side of the device which brings an added level of functionality to the device. Users are able to access their most used applications, tasks and other functions. In addition, the DTEK50 also brings with it a unique feature which allows users to access “Pop up widgets” of applications which give them a quick glance at the information they need securely. It sounds a lot like an implementation of Apple’s Force Touch without the actual “force”.
The device also comes with BlackBerry’s Intelligent Keyboard. The keyboard which is an Android implementation of the widely praised keyboard from BB10. It brings with it familiar features such as intelligent word suggestion with support for up to 3 languages. It also places a heavier emphasis on gestures when typing with quick actions tied to swipes.
Android on the BlackBerry DTEK50
The version of android running on the BlackBerry DTEK50 is a more secure implementation of the popular open source operating system. BlackBerry claims to have hardened the Linux based system from the start of manufacturing. According to them, this makes the device even safer and allows better security for your information. In addition, BlackBerry has added an additional layer of security by including a layer of programming which scrambles/encrypts your data with the OS to improve security. The implementation of secure boot in BlackBerry’s take of Android starts from the second your phone is booted in every boot. Further, from manufacturing, the device is encrypted with specific keys which is regularly monitored by the Canadian company. User will get real time notifications should the keys be compromised.
BlackBerry DTEK Security
The namesake of the DTEK50 is the inclusion of a new app, the DTEK, into the BlackBerry device. The DTEK App is BlackBerry’s approach to real-time security akin to an antivirus on a computer. The app monitors the phone throughout use and monitors apps and the device settings overall. As a result, users will receive notifications when apps request access device hardware. This includes background usage of hardware without their knowledge. This includes incidences when apps turn on the mic or camera when the screen is off.
Pricing and Availability
The device will be retailing for USD$ 299 (RM1215.93). The BlackBerry DTEK50 is available for pre-order in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands as of 27 July 2016. However, there has been no indication on when the devices will ship out. Pre-orders will entitle the customer to a free Power Pack worth USD$ 59.99 (RM 243.96). Availability in other regions worldwide will be announced in the near future.