bits. – BlackBerry launches the DTEK 50

BlackBerry unveiled the DTEK 50, its second ever Android smartphone. The DTEK has some fairly modest specs and a familiar appearance. If “I’ve seen this before” comes to mind, it’s because the DTEK 50 bares a similar if not identical appearance to the Alcatel Idol 4. This is likely due to it being the first product of BlackBerry’s recent partnership with TCL (Alcatel’s parent company).

The DTEK 50 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, a mid-tier 64bit octa-core processor. The Quick Charge 2.0 enabled 2610 mAh battery should be sufficient for a full day’s use.What does that mean for you, it should be able to power through anything the average smartphone user does in their day to day.

At the front of the device is a 5.2″ Full HD (1080P) display with an oleophobic coating. Strangely there is no mention anywhere in Blackberry’s site or press releases on what the DTEK 50’s housing is made off. If we were to go off it’s twin the Alcatel Idol 4, the DTEK 50 may feature an aluminum frame.

BlackBerry is not shy on mentioning the capabilities of the DTEK 50’s camera. It features a 13MP f2.0 aperture phase detect auto-focus rear camera, which should allow for quick focusing. As for the front facing camera, it is an 8MP f2.2 aperture fixed focus camera.

“The most secure Android smartphone” is what BlackBerry touts the DTEK 50 as. With the BlackBerry PRIV as a reference, the OS on the DTEK 50 should be a fairly stock-feeling affair with BlackBerry’s unique flair to Android.

The unlocked DTEK 50 is now available for pre-order now at $429 CAD direct from BlackBerry, and should be compatible with all major North American carriers. The pre-order bundle includes a a free BlackBerry 12600 mAh power bank. The DTEK will also be launching on Rogers, Bell, TELUS, WIND, Videotron and Sasktel with no launch dates mentioned.

We’ll be getting our hands on DTEK 50 soon, let us know what you’d like to see in our review and what you think of it in the comment section below.


BlackBerry / BlackBerry Store / BlackBerry Press Release

David R

An HR champion by day, an avid techie by night.

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