CANADIAN PHONE MAKER BlackBerry has surprised precisely no-one with the launch of the Android-powered BlackBerry DTEK50 smartphone.
Previously leaked as the BlackBerry Neon, the DTEK50 is a mid-range smartphone with near-identical specs to the bargain-bin Alcatel Idol 4, but which claims to be the most secure Android smartphone on the market.
At the forefront of the BlackBerry DTEK50 is a 5.2in 1920x1080 Full HD display, and the handset has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage expandable via microSD up to 2TB.
There's a customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key on the side of the device, which provides quick access to most used applications or tasks.
BlackBerry may recently have called out Android for not being as secure as its own BB10 operating system, but the firm has equipped the handset with Google's Marshmallow operating system, providing support for Android for Work as it continues to target the enterprise market.
BlackBerry has naturally added some of its own features on top of Google's software. These include the BlackBerry Hub for managing notifications and the firm's DTEK mobile security management software.
In fact, BlackBerry has gone so far as to claim that the DTEK50 is the "world's most secure" Android smartphone thanks to the added software tweaks.
"When it comes to security, Android smartphones from BlackBerry are ahead of all other Android smartphones," the company said.
"Security isn’t something that’s tacked on, it’s fully integrated into the BlackBerry device hardware and OS. BlackBerry sets the bar in incident response and patch management, and brings world-renowned security experts and testing to DTEK50.
"When it comes to protecting business-critical data and personal privacy, BlackBerry will keep you safe and secure."
BlackBerry Messenger is pre-loaded, but good luck finding anybody else who uses it.
The BlackBerry DTEK50, which is a reasonably slim 7.4mm thick, has 13MP autofocus and 8MP fixed-focus cameras and a 2,610mAh battery that the firm claims will offer around 17 hours of juice. BlackBerry also said that the phone can charge to 50 per cent in an oddly precise 51 minutes thanks to the inclusion of Quick Charge 2.0.
The DTEK50 smartphone is available to pre-order now at the BlackBerry website priced at £275 before it starts shipping on 8 August.
BlackBerry is expected to launch two more Android devices over the next 12 months. The so-called BlackBerry Argon is tipped to be a top-end device with a 5.5in QHD screen and Snapdragon 820 internals, while the rumoured BlackBerry Mercury will have a physical keyboard but, unlike the BlackBerry Priv, will come in a candybar design. µ
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