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Blackberry’s Second Android Phone Has An Awful Name, But Is Loaded With Impressive Specs

Why in tech’s name did Blackberry choose DTEK 50 as a Phone name?



Sorry for jumping the gun, but Blackberry has unveiled its second Android device! Yeah, it is called the DTEK 50 ? and has been touted to be the most secure Android phone after the Blackberry priv.


However, where the name got me rolling my eyes a couple of times, the specs actually impressed me. The DTEK 50 will sport a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage(expandable up to 2TB via microSD) and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The 135g phone also comes with a 13MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing flash camera, the only downside to the specs is the battery, which has a 2,610mAh battery capacity



However, considering that this device is going for $299, I’d say:

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Meanwhile, this device is built by Alcatel even bears a similar resemblance to the Alcatel idol 4s. Also, check out some of the features that make the DTEK 50 the most secure smartphone:

  • Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
  • DTEK™ by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.
  • Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry’s manufacturing process uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification, and provisioning of DTEK50.
  • Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK50’s secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been tampered with since the last restart.
  • Android OS hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches, improved random number, address space generation and certificate pinning to make it more difficult for attackers to target a device by scrambling application/system memory.
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.


Has Blackberry hit a sweet spot with the DTEK 50?



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