BlackBerry has released its second Android smartphone after Priv, which is dubbed as BlackBerry DTEK50. The company has claimed that the BlackBerry DTEK50 is world’s most secure smartphone with higher encryption levels. The smartphone is up for pre-order from ShopBlackBerry.com in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy & The Netherlands for $299 (approximately Rs 20,103).
Additionally, for a limited time, customers who pre-order a DTEK50 will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack, including a high-capacity portable charger worth $59.99 USD that powers all your compatible mobile devices to maximize your productivity and play time. This offer expires on August 8th at 11:59 pm PST.
“We take our customers’ privacy seriously. That’s why we’re excited with all the security and functionality that’s built in our newest Android smartphone. DTEK50 merges the unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for, with the rich Android ecosystem”, said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Devices, BlackBerry. Ralph further added, “This device adds to BlackBerry’s lineup of secure smartphones, providing choice to our customers with different price points on both, BlackBerry 10 and Android platforms.”
According to a company, below are the features that make DTEK50 the most secure Android smartphone.
1. Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
2. DTEK by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
As far as tech specs are concerned, the BlackBerry DTEK50 features a 5.2-Inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080p) IPS display with oleophobic coating to protect against smudges and fingerprints. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa core Snapdragon 617 processor, which is paired with Adreno 405 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of Internal storage. If you run out of storage, you can use a micro SD card in its expandable storage slot to increase its memory by up to 2TB. The BlackBerry DTEK50 smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and is backed up by a 2610 mAh battery.
The smartphone has a 13-megapixel camera with dual-tone LED Flash on the back, and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with single LED flash on the front panel. Besides, the DTEK50 offers 4G LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and NFC. The handset measures 147Ã—72.5Ã—7.4mm and weighs around 135 grams.