The BlackBerry DTEK50's hardware is almost irrelevant, as the magic lies in the software.
Pleasing screen, camera provides good results, hardened security, price
Unremarkable design, so-so performance, confusing button placement, poor battery life
Battery and storage
Seeing as the BlackBerry DTEK50 has joined the Android army, the much-loved removable battery is now a thing of the past. The 2,610mAh unit doesn't have the largest of capacities, and this really shows in daily use.
The handset does support Quick Charge 2.0, which is a good thing as you're going to need it. We noted a loss of almost 25 per cent in a 90-minute window, and if that continued we'd be out of juice in just a few hours.
Storage is befitting of the sub-£300 price at a lowly 16GB, but the DTEK50 supports a generous 2TB via microSD expansion.
There's also good news when it comes to adaptable storage, as the DTEK50 allows microSD memory to be integrated fully to become part of the system.
The BlackBerry DTEK50 is available SIM-free for £275. Pre-orders began shipping on 8 August from the official BlackBerry online store.
As already mentioned, the £275 price puts the BlackBerry DTEK50 firmly in mid-tier territory. For a shade under £300 you could get a lot more phone for your money in the shape of the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7, while the Moto G4 is similarly specced and half the price.
In addressing security and privacy needs we can't help feeling that BlackBerry has lost its identity.
If BlackBerry insists on being a software-first company the DTEK50's role is abundantly clear: it's nothing more than a container. And that's deeply upsetting. What you're looking at is a BlackBerry in name only.
If security tops the list of your concerns the lowly £279 is certainly money well spent. BlackBerry still rules the roost when it comes to enterprise-ready security, but that price is less forgiving when it comes to specifications. There are rumours of a further Android-based handset being unveiled later this year, so maybe you're better off waiting.