BlackBerry’s smartphone division is on its last legs. Its showdown at sundown, time to storm the beaches, a final stand to determine its fate. That being said, the DTEK50 is not the device you want to be storming into battle with.
Let’s get the battlefield scenario out of our head’s for a second. Because that’s not what BlackBerry phones are for. BlackBerry aim themselves at business men and women who need reliable devices that can ping an email faster than it can load up Candy Crush. But then there devices that can do the business while providing recreation.
Nowadays you see corporate types wielding iPhones and Samsungs. That’s because most of what BlackBerry offers, is now dated. The signature physical keyboard for example, at the time offered tactile accuracy for emails, but touchscreen technology has come so far it’s now irrelevant.
The DTEK50 is BlackBerry’s second stab at the Android route. Its not the Android device we expected BlackBerry to produce, its quite the opposite of the decent Priv. The Priv was an experimental device for BlackBerry, and it was actually an alright device. I was expecting BlackBerry to get the right amount of chemical X in the DTEK50, but instead the result is a concoction that’s metaphorically H2O in a beaker.
We wanted something with a messiah complex, high-end specs, and hopefully lasers (Okay maybe too hopeful). Instead we get a device that’s safe and to be honest, quite boring. More to come as we delve deeper into the Fort Knox of smartphones.
BlackBerry does get the price right this time, the Priv had the price tag of £559 at launch, a flagship price for a device that did not have flagship specs. A Snapdragon 808 was powering the keyboard warrior, whereas other flagships were using the Snapdragon 810, and were almost equal in price.
The DTEK50 retails for £275 SIM free, a decent price but for around the same price you can get better. But what you’re getting for your money is the excellent software, which proved to be useful and considering BlackBerry’s reputation with security, it’ll appeal to those wearing tin foil hats.
OS Android Marshmallow 6.0
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core 1.5GHz
Screen 5.2 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Memory 3GB RAM
MicroSD compatible? Yes, up to 2TB
Rear camera 13-megapixels
Front camera 8-megapixels
Connectivity 3G, 4G
Dimensions 145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm