Most of what we heard late last week has now come to pass. BlackBerry has officially announced its second ever Android smartphone and they’re ditching the physical keyboard this time around for the new BlackBerry DTEK50. It’s an all touchscreen device that is being touted as the “world’s most secure Android smartphone.”

Some other lesser known devices, like the UnaPhone Zenith, may take some objection to that.

With the DTEK50, we’re being told that BlackBerry Security will protect “the private details of your life from being hacked.” There’s a built-in monitoring software that gauges your overall security rating and suggests how to improve it. The phone will also track what apps are utilizing what permissions, like taking pictures and going through your contact list without your consent. That’s part of why it’s called a DTEK50 in the first place; it’s “detecting” all the security risks on your phone. How the “50” plays in is anyone’s guess.

Official: BlackBerry DTEK50 Android Phone for $299 US, $429 Canadian

In terms of the actual specifications, the BlackBerry DTEK50 is a mid-range phone through and through. The 5.2-inch display (why didn’t they call it a DTEK52?) is only of the 1080p variety. Powering the slate is a Snapdragon 617, 3GB of RAM, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with BlackBerry’s optimizations. Remember the Hub on the Priv? That’s here too. Rounding out the spec sheet are the 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera (with flash), and 2,610mAh battery.

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is available for pre-order today and it should start shipping on August 8th. The unlocked Android phone sells for $299.99 in the US and $429.99 in Canada, both directly from BlackBerry. No word on which US carriers will sell it, but the DTEK50 sounds like it will land at Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind, Videotron and SaskTel could all get it in Canada.


Via MobileSyrup, Circuit Breaker

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