BlackBerry on Tuesday has announced what it describes as the world’s most secure smartphone, the DTEK50 (who names these things?).
The second Android smartphone from BlackBerry may look a little familiar as it’s simply a rebadged Alcatel Idol 4. For those not up to speed, it features a 5.2-inch, 1080p IPS display that’s driven by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC alongside 3GB of RAM and 16GB of local flash storage (expandable via microSD card).
There’s also a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and dual-tone LED flash, an 8-megapixel shooter up front for video calls and selfies and dual 3.6-watt speakers. It’ll ship running Android 6.0 Marshmallow which will hopefully be upgradable to Nougat in the not-too-distant future. You’ll also get some proprietary BlackBerry apps including BBM, Hub and Password Keeper, just to name a few.
The mid-range handset measures just 7.1mm thick and tips the scales at 4.76 ounces with its integrated 2,610mAh battery. Speaking of, the battery utilizes quick charge 2.0 technology meaning it can be fully recharged in just 120 minutes.
Notably, the handset ditches BlackBerry’s familiar physical keyboard in favor of a full-touch model. Aside from the badge on the reverse, however, there’s not much that differentiates it from your run-of-the-mill Android smartphone.
The unlocked DTEK50 (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US) is available to pre-order today directly from BlackBerry. Expect to pay $299.99 when it arrives on August 8.