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BlackBerry DTEK50 Pre-Orders Started, available for US $299

BlackBerry  unveiled a second Android-powered phone on Tuesday, doubling down on efforts to revive its struggling handset business even as its first bet on the popular operating system has yet to pay off. Just earlier today, the device has slipped online on BlackBerry Servers along with images.

BlackBerry’s new device, called DTEK50 (AKA as the Neon / Hamburg in previous leaks), will retail for $299, and offers a 5.2-inch screen and all-touch keyboard. The company has loaded the phone with proprietary encryption technology to protect photos, contacts and other data against cyberattacks. The device includes an alert system to tell users when social-media applications are tracking their locations or accessing a phone’s camera or microphone. It also offers productivity tools such as the company’s unified inbox that compiles email, text and other messages in one place.

The big promotion points for this DTEK50 include total disk encryption, a hardened Android OS, fast patches, boot security measures and the DTEK app — enabling users to track if the phone’s mic or camera is turning on or when the phone’s searching through your contacts when it’s not supposed to. The “Boom Key” on the Idol 4 is rebadged as the “Convenience Key,” programmed to get you to your most used apps.

“DTEK50 merges unique security and connectivity features…with the rich Android ecosystem,” Ralph Pini, head of BlackBerry’s device business, said in a statement.

The DTEK app lets users quickly get an overview of their device’s security and take action on any potential issues. BlackBerry says that it has modified Android with its own technology originally developed for the BB10 platform to make it more secure. The company is also committing to rapid updates to deliver security patches shortly after they are released.

DTEK50 is priced at a steep discount to the Priv, underscoring BlackBerry’s attempt to appeal to a broader audience

The US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands are now free to pre-order the DTEK50, BlackBerry’s first of two mid-range smartphones for the next year.

In markets where pre-orders are available, you can head to our source link to get a piece of the DTEK50 along with a bundled-in BlackBerry Mobile Power Charger — a 12.6Ah external battery with dual USB ports — for the price of US$299 or your local equivalent. All major Canadian carriers will carry the phone while the typical online retailers in the US (Best Buy, B&H, Amazon) will do the same. The pre-order period goes through August 8.

Pre-Order from BlackBerry Store

Full Specifications:

Screen size 5.2 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel desnity 424 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
Type Octa-core
Speed 4 x 1.5GHz / 4 x 1.2GHz
GPU Adreno 405
Storage 16GB (microSD-expandable by up to 2TB)
Camera 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear / 8-megapixel f/2.2 front w/ 1.125um pixels
Flash Dual-LED (rear) / Selfie Flash
Battery 2610mAh w/ Quick Charge 2.0
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Cellular variants North America and Latin America / EMEA and Asia-Pacific
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Sensors Accelerometer / magnetometer / gyroscope / proximity / ambient light / Hall
Build Glass faces on metallic chassis
Dimensions 147 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm / 135g
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