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BlackBerry Launches DTEK50 Secure Phone

Paul Rubens - July 27, 2016 - 09:29 AM
BlackBerry Launches DTEK50 Secure Phone
The DTEK50 has been introduced by BlackBerry as the world's most secure Android smartphone.

(CCM) — BlackBerry is taking a second stab at the Android market with the launch of its DTEK50 "secure smartphone." The handset hardware appears similar to Alcatel's Idol 4S, but BlackBerry hopes to differentiate it by offering it with the company's DTEK security software. This monitors the phone and warns the owner if a hacker attempts to take pictures or videos; or access the phone's stored contacts or location. The phone also includes a password manager to store login information securely and drive encryption to protect photos or bank information from being stolen if the phone gets lost. "With malware, family pictures can be downloaded. It’s scary, but this does happen on other phones. With DTEK50, you don’t have to worry about this happening to you," the company says.

The DTEK50 is aimed at the mid-tier of the smartphone market and is priced at $299. Its specifications include a Snapdragon 617 processor, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, a 5.2-inch screen, and a 13 MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus. BlackBerry abandoned its BB10 operating system for new devices in 2015, and its first Android phone, the BlackBerry Priv, achieved disappointing sales when it was released later that year priced at $700. The company stated earlier this year that it intends to launch at least two Android devices during 2016.

Image: © BlackBerry.
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