Two days ago, BlackBerry announced a touchscreen Android phone with heavy emphasis on security. For a dead company like BlackBerry, walking out of their own grave to announce a mediocre spec phone is quiet a deal - especially when one of its features is ‘touchscreen'!
But don’t get me wrong. The DTEK50 isn’t a particularly bad phone. As for design and build, it replicates the TCL manufactured Alcatel Idol 4; no innovation there. The back has a rough rubbery finish and the camera protrudes a little. It looks like a simple enterprise phone - because it is one. Inside, it runs on the Snapdragon 617 processor and features a 5.2” HD display.
But who cares?
BlackBerry’s marketing squad declares that the DTEK50 is the world’s most secure Android smartphone. And this is a very, very big deal. Historically, Android phones have had dangerously large security loopholes. Slow OEM delivered updates, heavy skinning and custom ROMs only make the situation worse, which makes the DTEK50 a very appealing phone for professionals.
With the DTEK50, BlackBerry has locked the boot-loader, cryptographically signed the chipset to ensure a ‘hardware root of trust’ and installed a special app to ensure OS security. The DTEK app also allows the user to granularly control what each app can access. This, combined with the promise that BlackBerry will send out Android Security patch updates the same day Google releases them surely means your information is protected. BlackBerry’s prime business apps, including BB Hub and BB Messenger work flawlessly on the DTEK50, and keep your information secure.
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