BlackBerry unveiled the BlackBerry DTEK50 Android smartphone on Tuesday. It is the device that had been referred to as the BlackBerry Neon in leaks as early as this morning. Unlike the BlackBerry Priv, the BlackBerry DTEK50 doesn’t feature a full QWERTY hardware keyboard.
BlackBerry says the BlackBerry DTEK50 is the “most secure Android smartphone” in the world, and said that it’s committed to applying zero-day patches to its smartphones as quickly as possible to ensure that stat remains true in the future.
The BlackBerry DTEK50, as we expected, sports a Snapdragon 617 processor, a 5.2-inch display with a 1080p resolution, a 13-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,610mAh battery. It also has 3GB of RAM, which should help keep things snappy under the hood. It runs Android Marshmallow.
It’s relatively simple in its design and looks like a standard candybar Android smartphone. It might also look familiar. According to The Verge, that’s because it’s built by Alcatel and uses the exact same design as the Alcatel Idol 4.
And about that name? BlackBerry said it chose the name “DTEK50” following the launch of the BlackBerry Priv, which had an application named DTEK that helped users manage and see the security of their device with a quick glance. Since it’s integrated into the hardware and software, BlackBerry thought it would name the device after that feature, settling on DTEK50.
The BlackBerry DTEK50 will be sold directly from BlackBerry starting today and is priced at $299.99 unlocked.