BlackBerry has officially announced the DTEK50, it’s second Android smartphone powered by Google’s Android mobile software. The mid-range smartphone is available for preorder now at ShopBlackBerry.com, priced at $299 USD ($429 CAD, €339, and £275), in 8 countries: Canada, U.K., Spain, Italy, France, Germany,, the Netherlands, and the U.S.
The DTEK50 featuring a 5.2-inch HD display, Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 3 gigabyte of RAM, 16 gigabyte of internal storage expandable storage up to 2 terabyte, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front snapper also includes a flash for taking selfies, 2610 mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 2.0 and microSD slot wrapped up in a 147 x 72.5 x 7.4mm, 135g body. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with BlackBerry’s software features, such as the Hub. The software is similar to the software on the Priv released last year.
Additionally, it will come pre-loaded with all the software folks have come to expect on the Priv such as the BlackBerry Hub, BBM, DTEK, Password Keeper, BlackBerry Calendar, and more. Plus, no waiting for Android Marshmallow as it is already loaded.
The security features are highlighted right in the device’s name, as it has BlackBerry’s DTEK software which protects users from malware and other security problems often seen on Android smartphones. The DTEK app lets the users quickly get an overview of their device’s security and take action on any potential issues. BlackBerry says, it has modified Android with its own tech originally developed for the BB10 platform to make it more secure. The company is committing to rapid updates to deliver security patches shortly after they are released.