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  • Display : 5.2 inches, IPS LCD
  • Max OS : Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Storage : 16 GB
  • RAM : 3 GB
  • Body Material : Plastic
  • Cameras : Rear: 13 MP, Front: 8 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 5.79, 2.85, 0.29 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

Blackberry’s latest smartphone DTEK50, priced at INR 24,990, is affordable and quite frankly, a smart move on the Canadian company’s part.

The phone is a business device that is basically tailor made for corporations and businesses, to buy in bulk for their workforce. The phone boasts of amazing security features, that could be quite attractive to anyone looking for a phone with a business or privacy perspective.

This is something that has been Blackberry’s forte throughout it’s career as a device manufacturer, and returning to it seems like a good move, especially given how unstable and unsafe the smartphone market is right now.

This is Blackberry’s second attempt at an Android smartphone, and unlike last year’s Priv, which didn’t do too well, this one has kindled some hope within the company.
Amongst the top three pointers that go for the phone are it’s amazing build quality, it’s software (Blackberry’s take on Android keeps on getting better), and it’s fairly inexpensive price tag.

Of the things that the company could have done better on are: the phone’s battery life, and occasional slight software hiccups that sometimes occur on the phone.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the phone is that this is perhaps the thinnest Blackberry ever; the phone manages to be light without feeling, or looking cheap at all.

The phone has a 5.2 inch Full-HD display which makes it a comfortable fit in-hand. It runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 processor, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow for an OS, and 3 GB of RAM to power things along.

It comes with 16 GB internal memory, with an option to use a microSD card to expand it further by another 256 GB. For the camera, it has a 13 megapixel rear camera, which has a fairly decent f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, along with usual camera features including Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama.

The front camera is of 8 megapixels, which stands the the DTEK50 in league with  this year’s market standard of 12 & 8 megapixels.

As for the phone’s battery life – since it ships with a 2,610 mAh non-removable battery we expect that the DTEK50 will probably last you the day.

Let us talk about the important part, the software, and the security.

Now that the company is practically outsourcing all its hardware manufacturing, it just has to be bang-on with software, and security – the two things that BlackBerry hopes to leverage as a USP across the industry.

Blackberry clearly has its own idea on how Android software should be, and that take hasn’t changed dramatically since last year’s Priv, but the there wasn’t really any need for it to either. The freshness that BlackBerry brings is always appreciated, and so is the Hub, which is the company’s own centre for managing all incoming email, text and app related traffic.

What’s also quite important are the security features of the phone, which feel quite like they have been baked into the phone while manufacturing, because they feel so invisible. Apart from the DTEK app, you don’t really see a constant reminders of how secure the device is, which it actually is – quite a lot.

You’ll get a rating and a checklist of things that are or aren’t going well on the phone upon launch, and that keeps you mentally safe and practically informed of your device’s and data’s security. Another indication of the partiality to personal security – app permissions can easily be revoked and apps can be quickly uninstalled from within DTEK, making it yet another one-stop shop for functions that would normally be buried in settings menus.

Of the things that Blackberry surprisingly doesn’t have are: a fingerprint scanner, and fast charging. The reasons behind this could be purely practical – of keeping the costs down to make the phone fit into a mid-range section in the market. But the fact that the phone is so security-obsessed makes the lack of a fingerprint scanner stand out. Maybe the next round of the DTEK series would have this feature that’s quick becoming a basic mandate on smartphones today.

All in all, the phone is an excellent choice, and a complete value for money in every way possible. DTEK50 is a solid, not-very-expensive option with the security chops to put IT paranoiacs at ease.
The phone might not do too well with everyday users who do not take into priority the security on their devices, but it would certainly do quite well with a business minded person or corporation with any kind of security concerns at their bay.
As for the competition, one of the most fierce competitors the phone is going to be facing in the market is this year’s Moto G4 Plus. Others include OnePlus 3, and various phones from Xiaomi, Huawei and budget brands of the kind.

Expected in India shortly, the phone is currently available off Amazon India, though through third party resellers who would imported these devices into India unofficially.

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