BlackBerry DTEK50 officially announced, World’s Most Secure Smartphone

BlackBerry has officially unveiled the DTEK50, it’s second Android phone, but the first without a physical keyboard. Confusing name? Yes, it is but does feature a tag of the World’s Most Secure Smartphone that can only be confirmed once tested. It’s aimed at the mid-tier market consumers with a need for added security. In fact, during the announcement, security was the key feature.

The announcement comes just hours after images showed up on BlackBerry’s official site for a short period of time, before being pulled.

As was saw in a recent leak, the device is almost identical to Alcatel’s Idol 4, seemingly confirming reports that BlackBerry’s next phone is being manufactured by TCL Communication. The smartphone maker builds phones for several brands, including Vodafone and Alcatel, often releasing the same phone in different skins and with different names.

As for specifications, the phone has a promising set of features for a device that’ll cost well under £300.

Leading the line is a 5.2-inch full HD display with a scratch resistant surface. This screen is built in to a phone that measures 72.5mm wide, 147mm tall and just 7.4mm thin, which happens to weigh just 135g. For those curious, those are almost the exact same measurements as the Idol 4.

 

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Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 617 processor paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage which can be expanded up to 2TB. Thanks to having Quick Charge 2.0 support, the 2610mAh battery can charge from 0-50 per cent in 51 minutes.

Moving on to cameras, there’s a 6-element f/2.0 lens with a 13-megapixel sensor paired with a dual tone dual LED flash and 1080p full HD video recording. The front camera features an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture as well as an LED flash.

Like the BlackBerry PRIV, the DTEK50 (formerly referred to as Neon) comes loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and BlackBerry’s own custom software pre-installed. This includes the BlackBerry Hub for managing notifications and the custom software keyboard as well as a number of other apps, including DTEK, the security management software.

While the specifications should make a great phone for the sub-£300 price point, it’s the naming we find more interesting. Up until now, the phone has been referred to as either the Hamburg or Neon. However, BlackBerry opted to call it “DTEK50 by BlackBerry”, naming the latest phone to match its Android security software. They called it that as a reflection of its commitment to make Android more secure.

According to Blackberry, everything is unsafe including the NFC, pictures of your family all of which can be stolen by malware’s but with the DTEK50, the phone will automatically monitor your applications and the OS whenever your privacy is at risk. The phone tracks all your applications in the following cases.

  • Taking pictures or videos without your knowledge
  • Turning your microphone on
  • Sending a text message
  • Accessing your contacts or location

DTEK50 is packed with lots of other security features:
Encryption protects your pictures or bank info from being stolen if you lose your phone
Password Keeper to securely store all your passwords, log in information and important records

Interestingly, despite being a security-focussed smartphone, there’s no fingerprint sensor or any added biometric security features. However, the security is added in the software stage. BlackBerry’s focus is on closing down any vulnerabilities as quickly as possible, within the same day, which you might not typically get on a normal Android phone. Each day it’s working to keep your private details and phone safe from being hacked.

SEE : Tips to tighten security on your android

The DTEK50 is available to pre-order from BlackBerry’s online store for £275 from today, with shipments expected to start making their way out by 8 August.

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Blackberry Neon Android Smartphone with mid-range specs Photos Leaked

It was just about time, when we thought that the company wouldn’t be making any more smartphones based on Android OS, and we started seeing a bunch of devices from Blackberry. We have already seen a bunch of device rumors from the company now and adding on to those; the Blackberry Neon shows off itself in new fresh images way ahead of its launch date. Earlier there were reports about the FCC documents being leaked for this device, but no other info was given out.

Now we have new images of the device, and it appears to be a traditional Android running smartphone. Yes, there is no crazy slide-up keyboard coming up from the bottom or anything like that. Looking at the device, on the front, there is nothing except for the display and an 8-megapixel front facing shooter. The display is of 5.2-inches with a resolution of about 1920 x 1080. Under hood appears to be a Snapdragon 617 CPU alongside 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. At the back of the device, we have the camera module which is a 13-megapixel sensor. Inside the smartphone, there will be a 2,610 mAh battery.

Looking at these specs, the device not only appears to look like a traditional smartphone but is also likely to be more of an affordable as well. The Snapdragon 617 is not the best of SoC that we have seen in recent times, nor the smaller battery is going to be of any good when it comes to screen on time or overall performance. But again, this might be company’s plan to take the affordable market segment with this one as the previously launched Blackberry Priv is doing quite well in the market if not excellent. But again all these are just rumored specs and nothing is confirmed officially as of now. So we suggest you to take this info on the specs with a pinch of salt.

Also, the new Neon is likely to sport the 6.0 Marshmallow for software. However, it is not clear if the company will be calling it the Neon or something else when it officially launches, but as of now, it is referred as Blackberry Neon. Stay tuned for more info on this in coming weeks.

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