BlackBerry has officially launched its first touchscreen-only Android handset onto the already competitive market. The company behind the BB10 operating system have taken the decision to move away from their own platform, switching to popular Android systems instead, claiming the Dtek50 will offer improved security over other rival Android devices.
Launching the new handset on BlackBerry’s blog started by a strong statement surrounding security. “You wouldn’t put money in a bank that didn’t lock its safe, or leave the doors of your home unlocked at night. Having a smartphone that doesn’t take your privacy seriously is the equivalent.”
At 7.4mm thick the Dtek50 is indeed the companies thinnest handset to date. The scratch-resistant display size of 5.2″ is not the biggest out there by all means, but does bigger necessarily mean better
The press release goes on to say “At BlackBerry, security has always been in our blood, and privacy has always been a priority.”
The Dtek50 will come running Android’s 6.0 Marshmallow operating system as standard but is also being combined with BlackBerry’s own unique “security, privacy and productivity with the full Android experience“. And of course, it comes with it’s own enhanced features from previous devices:
- The BlackBerry Convenience Key: With the press of a button, gain quick access to your most-used applications, tasks, and more.
- Pop-Up Widgets: View any app widget by swiping up or down across the icon on your home screen and get fast, private access to information you need, when you need it.
- BlackBerry Device Search: Quickly seek out files, apps, help, and more. You can also type an Instant Actions command in the search field to execute it.
- Instant Actions: Perform tasks quickly and efficiently, such as making a phone call, sending an email, sending a text message, playing music, or getting directions.
- Gesture Controls: With a swipe gesture, access up to three shortcuts from anywhere on your device – swipe to open an app, speed-dial a number, send a message, and more.
Prices for the Dtek50 are rumoured to be around the £275 mark. Is that too pricey for the “worlds most secure” phone?