BlackBerry officially announces the DTEK50, its Android-powered device for $299

For everyone who has been waiting for the next Android powered device from Blackberry, you won’t have to wait much longer, it’s finally here. Blackberry has today unveiled the new device and it is calling it the DTEK50.

The company has been working on a number of Android devices, a move analysts say could be aimed at reviving Blackberry’s struggling handset business. The DTEK50 will retail at $299 and offers a 5.2-inch screen and all-touch keyboard.

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So why the name DTEK50? Well, the phone has actually been named after its DTEK software. What the software does is monitor when your system is at risk. It also alerts you when phone applications take photos or videos without your knowledge, turn on your microphone, send text amonn other things. Probably this could be the reason Blackberry is calling the DTEK50  “the world’s most secure Android smartphone.” In short, the software will automatically monitor your OS and apps and let you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it.


Other security features include Encryption that protects your pictures or bank info from being stolen if you lose your phone. The Password Keeper also helps you securely store all your passwords, log in information and important records.

It also comes with a 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with an SD card, and a 2,610 mAh battery. The rear camera has a 13MP sensor with a dual-LED flash, while the front sports an 8MP sensor.

According to Market Watch, BlackBerry expects to begin delivering the new phone during the week of Aug. 8, but will take pre-orders starting Tuesday from customers in the U.S, Canada, the U.K. and several other European countries. It also has deals with more than 40 distributors globally to help generate sales.


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