BlackBerry unleashed its latest Android smartphone to the world yesterday, the DTEK50.
This messaging, however, is related to BlackBerry’s ongoing efforts to position itself as a security company.
The ‘Neon,’ as the phone was originally named, is the codename of the company’s second Android-powered device, a smartphone BlackBerry claims is the “world’s most secure Android smartphone.” BlackBerry says the name brings back its heritage and also prepares itself for a fruitful future.
During an interview with MobileSyrup, Scott Wenger, Global Head of Design for BlackBerry, stated, “It is a continuation of security story. We started that story with the Priv as it came with DTEK as an application. It’s really more than an application as it’s very deeply integrated, but people know it as an app.”
The DTEK50 is manufactured by TCL, the same Chinese manufacturer that makes Alcatel’s devices. In fact, the DTEK50 resembles the Alcatel Idol 4 very closely in terms of build.
The BlackBerry DTEK50 is the thinnest BlackBerry ever at 7.4mm thick. It comes with a 5.2-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. A Snapdragon 617 SoC powers the device with a quad-core 1.7GHz CPU and the Adreno 405 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of expandable internal storage. The camera combo from back to front weighs in at 13MP/8MP, and a 2610mAh battery keeps the lights on. Quick Charge 2.0 powers up the battery quickly, keeping you on the sidelines for a short period of time.
“DTEK stands for detection and the application monitors and detects active security threats and acts as a detective and is a play on that. We expect to continue this story moving forward and is a bit of a shoutout to our history with the Z10, Z30, and now we have the DTEK50,” says Wenger.
The BlackBerryDTEK50 can be pre-ordered now for $299 from BlackBerry.com/DTEK50. The phone will launch on August 8th.