The world’s most secure smartphone is here
If security is your main concern, BlackBerry’s new DTEK50 might be worth checking out. As the “world’s most secure smartphone,” the device offers what BlackBerry claims is unprecedented protection from prying eyes, giving consumers control over things like location, pictures, and texts—all things we might take for granted when using a “normal” smartphone. But beyond its alleged security credentials, is the $299 handset actually any good?
The BlackBerry DTEK50 is based on the , which is to say it’s a mid-range device with a relatively unimpressive design. Some of the specs include a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera and a 2,610mAh battery. Out of the box, the handset runs Android 6.0 with some of BlackBerry newer software features, such as BlackBerry Hub. If you’ve seen the Priv in action, the DTEK50 is a lot like that.
But the highlight here is BlackBerry’s DTEK software, which claims to eliminate all the potential security problems present in Android. In an effort to ensure DTEK50 users are constantly protected, BlackBerry says it will deliver security patches to users as quickly as possible.
Even though the Priv didn’t quite do as well as BlackBerry hoped, the company isn’t giving up on Android just yet. The DTEK50 should be the first release as part of a new trio of devices, one of which may include a keyboard. Check out the video above to see the device in action. You can pick up an unlocked DTEK50—the device is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile—from BlackBerry for $299 on Aug. 8.Follow GuyFancy