BlackBerry Unveils Second, Cheaper Android Device

BlackBerry recently introduced DTEK50, its second Android-based handset. The device combines the broad app catalogue and the popular software from Alphabet Indic, with the Canadian manufacturer’s security and product features at a lesser price.

The struggling smartphone manufacturer is pinning hopes on the DTEK50 to rake in better revenues than Priv, the first phone from BlackBerry that used the Android operating system. The Priv, according to chief executive John Chen, suffered due to its high price. He expressed confidence that BlackBerry’s scaled-down handset business will reap profits by September.

While the Priv was a commendable device, it couldn’t compete with the more popular smartphone brands like Samsung or Apple, who have dominated global markets for years.

The 5.2 inch DTEK50 is a full touchscreen smartphone and is available from BlackBerry’s webstores in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands for $299. The company didn’t announce distribution deals with any of the major US carriers. Initial sales are expected to come from Amazon, Best Buy Co, and the manufacturer’s own online store.

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The device won’t be available in India during the first phase of sales. But it’s likely to arrive soon, courtesy the huge smartphone market here.

BlackBerry has branded the DTEK50 as the most secure Android smartphone ever. For instance, the phone can alert its owner if someone tries to use the camera or microphone remotely, tracking the handset’s location information. These features are expected to be the USP of the DTEK50. BlackBerry plans to plunge deeper into Android smartphones and make the platform more secure.

Regarding specifications, the DTEK50 has a 5.2 inch scratchproof full HD display. It will run on Android Marshmallow. Besides being a security-ready device, the phone would also support flash storage of up to 2TB for seamless operations.

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Under the hood, the BlackBerry DTEK50 is powered by the Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 613 octa-core processor, along with the Adreno 405 GPU for uninterrupted performance and superior graphics. The phone is also equipped with 16GB internal storage and 3GB RAM.

But the 2,610mAh battery should have been much better, notwithstanding the Quick Charge 2.0 support. The DTEK50 retains most of the exclusive BlackBerry features like BBM, Hub, Password Keeper, and BlackBerry Calendar.

There’s some good news for photography lovers. The phone packs a powerful 13MP autofocus camera at the back, and an 8MP camera in the front for taking selfies and video calling.

Once a force to reckon with in the smartphone market, BlacBerry is now a pale shadow of its former self. It has just managed to survive among its more established peers. Earlier in July, the company announced that it will stop production of the Classic handset, which runs on the proprietary BlackBerry 10 OS.

During the launch of DTEK50, BlackBerry hinted that it will come out with more Android smartphones in the coming days. It has been long since the once-leading manufacturer had impressed by making a good smartphone. This announcement, however, could usher in better days for the company.

Picture courtesy – androidcentral.com and bbci.co.uk


by techtalks @TechTalks August 25, 2016 10:11 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

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