BlackBerry DTEK50 running Android 6.0 Marshmallow officially announced

BlackBerry DTEK50 officially announced as world's most secure Android smartphone

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

/ by Aman Banka

BlackBerry in a very surprising move has officially took the wraps off its second Android smartphone earlier today. Dubbed as BlackBerry DTEK50 (Yes, that's what it's called), the smartphone is a mid-range one and is actually a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4. BlackBerry DTEK50 is codenamed BlackBerry Neon, and is one of the three smartphones that BlackBerry will be releasing in the near future. 

According to BlackBerry, DTEK50 is the world's most secure Android smartphone. Unlike BlackBerry PRIV, DTEK50 comes sans keyboard.

BlackBerry has priced the DTEK50 for $299.99 and is available for pre-order starting today in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands. In the U.S., DTEK50 will initially be available in Best Buy, B&H and Amazon. Availability of DTEK50 in additional global channels and countries will be announced in the coming weeks.

As an introductory offer, customers who pre-order a DTEK50 on will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack worth $59.99 USD. The offer expires on August 8th at 11:59 pm PST, notes BlackBerry.


As far as specifications are concerned, BlackBerry DTEK50 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display with resolution of 1920 x 1080p and 424ppi pixel density, 1.5GHz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with Adreno 405 550MHz GPU, 3GB RAM and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with BlackBerry's software features on top.

On imaging front, we get to see an 13-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock, HDR, 6-element f2.0 lens, 4x digital zoom and 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps.

Selfies are handled by an 8MP Fixed-Focus front-facing camera with f2.2, 1.125um pixel size, 84° wide angle/field of view lens, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, Selfie Flash and Wide Selfie Mode (aka Selfie Panorama).

The device measures 147 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm and weighs 135 grams. Other specifications include 16GB internal storage with microSD card support (up to 2TB) and 2,610 mAh non-removable battery.

Connectivity series include 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and EDR, NFC support, USB 2.0 and GPS / GLONASS.


For security, BlackBerry has included following in DTEK50 to make it the most secure Android smartphone:

  • Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has committed to deliver security patches shortly after they are released.
  • DTEK App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk. It also tracks applications and notifies when someone unknowingly is accessing camera, messages, or contacts.
  • Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry's manufacturing process uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification and provisioning of DTEK50.
  • Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK50's secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been tampered with since the last restart.
  • Android OS hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches, improved random number, address space generation and certificate pinning to make it more difficult for attackers to target a device by scrambling application/system memory.
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.

With BlackBerry DTEK50 coming sans keyboard, we are very sure that the next two Android smartphones from BlackBerry will feature company's trademark keyboard layout. If you are unaware, BlackBerry has revealed that they will be releasing three Android smartphone in near future, codenamed BlackBerry Argon and Mercury, with Neon launched as DTEK50.

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