28 July 2016
Following the relatively low success recorded on the release of Blackberry Priv, Blackberry’s first android smartphone, the company has launched another android smartphone called Blackberry DTEK50.
The failure of the Blackberry Priv to impress is not unrelated to the fact that it is expensive. The device currently sells in Nigeria for between N230,000 and N250,000.
The new Blackberry android smartphone is also known as BlackBerry Neon but more precisely as DTEK50.
The name comes from the DTEK security app, which is the pre-installed security on the device. This security app makes the device the world’s most secure Android smartphone, the British tech review website, techradar, stated.
Fifty (50) on the other hand is the continuation of BlackBerry’s numbering scheme – Q5, Q10, Z10, Z30. Why the Canadian tech company jumped from 30 to 50 is yet to be understood.
Physical features of the smartphone according to Tech-Met includes a back panel that looks removable and a regular microUSB port instead of USB Type-C that is increasingly becoming the norm these days. The device has 5.2 inch 1080p display.
The software features on the other hand include the fact that the device runs on Android Marshmallow.
It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which will be expandable via micro SD card.
The Operating System (OS) is coming straight from the Priv, meaning stock Android laced with key BlackBerry productivity features, including the Hub.
The Neon comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
With the battery said to load 2610 mAh, the smartphone has the potential to be able to carry 24 hours of operation, more than regular smartphones around now would.
Since the device has only been recently launched, it is currently available only on pre-order from Blackberry’s website in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands at $299, €339, CAD 429, and £275, respectively.
Techradar already described the device as “a surprisingly promising smartphone”. Hopefully it would live up to that description and help return the Blackberry company to the front row of smartphone makers.