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Fully Android, Super Secure: Say Hello to DTEK50, the Thinnest BlackBerry Ever [Video, Pics]

Neon_Front_rev croppedYou 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. Therein lies the problem with the majority of Android phones – they don’t.

At BlackBerry, security has always been in our blood, and privacy has always been a priority. That’s why DTEK50, the newest touchscreen-based addition to our secure Android line, puts how you share the details of your private life – pictures, locations, texts, and more – entirely under your control.

Our thinnest smartphone ever, DTEK50 is just 7.4mm thick. Combined with BlackBerry’s intelligent keyboard, a beautiful 5.2’’ scratch-resistant display, and a set of dazzling cameras, DTEK50’s a device that’s definitely worth getting excited about. Best of all, it’s available at a great price.

Watch the introductory video below, and when you’re done, read on to learn more about all of the features our new Android phone’s got in store.

The Best of Android, with BlackBerry’s Unique Flair

DTEK50 ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, combining BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy, and productivity with the full Android experience. You’ll have access to over a million Google Play apps and widgets, Google Now, and the ability to easily manage and stream from a wide range of smart devices. DTEK50 also features a number of our own enhancements:

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  • 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.

Beautiful, Cost-Effective, and Compact

DTEK50’s stunning to look at. In addition to being the thinnest phone we’ve ever manufactured, it sports a 5.2’’ full HD display capable of displaying 16 million colors. Made of scratch-resistant glass, the screen is treated with a specialized oil-resistant coating to protect against fingerprint smudges.

DTEK50 also sports a 13 MP rear-facing camera and an 8 MP front-facing flash camera, both equipped with a wide range of professional settings, including live color filters and manual controls.

A Superior, Intelligent Smart Keyboard

DTEK50’s smart keyboard learns how you type and uses that information to increase your typing speed and accuracy. Through the BlackBerry Intelligent Keyboard software, it provides word suggestions in up to three languages of your choice and lets you flick them into place for faster conversations. While typing, you can also swipe horizontally from left to right to delete a previous word, and swipe vertically from top to bottom to toggle between letters, numbers, and characters.


Not All Smartphones Are Equally Secure

DTEK50 is packed with security features at both the hardware and software level to protect your device from malware and malicious tampering.

  • Device security built in from the start: Our manufacturing process builds security into the device from the start, and we’ve taken a number of measures such as OS hardening to protect against rooting and to make it more difficult for attackers to target you.
  • BlackBerry is committed to the security of your device long after you’ve purchased it: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches. Other smartphone makers can take weeks, months, or even years to push out Android updates, during which time you’re vulnerable to already patched OS-related security threats.
  • Visibility and control of your privacy: DTEK by BlackBerry automatically monitors your OS and apps and lets you know when your privacy could be at risk – as well as when and how to improve it. With just a quick glimpse, DTEK tells you the overall security rating for your device (excellent, fair, or poor) along with suggestions for improving it. It also tracks your applications and notifies you when an app’s doing something on your device without your knowledge (taking pictures or videos, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts/location).

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Keep your life organized with the BlackBerry Hub, an irreplaceable tool for consolidating all your communications, including email, calendar, social, or phone calls, in one place. Once you experience it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without. Features include:

  • Custom Account Colors: Define account colors within the Hub settings to easily identify which account you’re sending from.
  • Calendar Peek: Pull down within the Hub for a quick view of up to four of your upcoming calendar events, or jump straight to the calendar app.
  • Swipe Actions: Quickly take action on messages within Hub by swiping left or right. You can also add custom gesture controls for actions including delete, snooze, flag/clear flag, file, mute, and mark read/unread.

Fully Android, Super Secure

Not all Android smartphones are equally secure. With DTEK50, you have built-in armor protecting your personal information. Coupled with its productivity enhancements, technical specs, awesome camerasbeautiful design, and great price point, this makes DTEK50 a great choice for any Android user.


DTEK50 is now available to buy in a growing number of countries – from local carriers and retailers in the U.S., Canada, and the UK – and on in these and other countries for $299 USD ($429 CDN, €339, and £275). To keep up with additional global channels and countries as they’re announced, stay tuned to our DTEK50 availability blog.

Want to see more? Watch the webcast where we introduced DTEK50. Check out our DTEK50 photo albums to see close-ups of its form factor, colorful images of the device, screenshots of its customized Android UI, and photos from the launch event. Also, don’t miss our other launch blogs about DTEK50, including:

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