BlackBerry Ltd unveiled a second Android smartphone on Tuesday, a device combining Alphabet Inc’s famous software and broad app catalog with the Canadian company’s security and productivity features at a lower price.
The name is significant, since DTEK also implements the BlackBerry’s security protector software that we first experienced on the admirable, but too-expensive Priv ($699).
The 5.2-inch, 7.4-millimeter, Android-based DTEK50 is built for security according to its manufacturer. It provides full data encryption, built-in malware protection, hardware support for provisioning and tracking (which should make the DTEK50 ideal for businesses), the DTEK additional hardening and security app of the Android OS.
The DTREK50 is touch only and not like Priv which has a physical QWERTY keyboard behind its large 5.43-inch curved AMOLED display. Like other BlackBerry smartphones, the DTEK50 also provides facility like BlackBerry Hub communications consolidation software.
On the software side, BlackBerry does provide a smart, learning keyboard with a dual LED flashes, 13 MP camera, and expandable memory (that can extend to 2 TB via a micro SD card slot).
Some expert have noted the DTEK50’s resemblance to the new Alcatel Idol 4S.
BlackBerry declares that the DTEK50 “the world’s most secure Android smartphone,” and said it will alert users if someone is making remote use of its microphone or camera , or accessing the phone’s location information.
What may delight BlackBerry fans the most is the price of DTEK5. The DTEK50 is on sale for preorder right now, starting at $299 which is less than its previous Priv model started at $699. A 3rd Android smartphone is expected from BlackBerry in the coming months.