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BlackBerry DTEK50

We have collected and analyzed 44 expert reviews and 75 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 72/100 and users rate it 83/100. The average review date is Dec 3, 2016. We have compared these reviews to 2673680 reviews from other Cell Phones. The alaScore™ for this product is 90/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 11, 2018.

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Expert review by (engadget.com)

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Cheap, secure and better than expected

 

BlackBerry's second attempt at an Android smartphone lacks the ambition of last year's Priv, but don't get hung up on that. The DTEK50 is a solidly built device with a super-secure foundation, and the company's take on Android continues to impress....

Solid build quality ; BlackBerry is great at software ; Inexpensive

Battery life could be better ; Convenience key placement is confusing ; Occasional hiccups

It's been more than a week, and it's still hard to judge the DTEK50. As a ploy to appeal to those crucial business customers, it's brilliant. For them, the DTEK50 is a solid, not-very-expensive option with the security chops to put IT paranoiacs at...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Welch (theverge.com)

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: secure, but not special

 

Last year BlackBerry launched the Priv, its first-ever Android smartphone. The Priv represented another attempt by BlackBerry to reinvent itself for the modern mobile era and build something worthy...

Monthly security updates ; Near-stock Android software ; Nice display and speakers

Unimpressive performance ; Weak camera ; Poor battery life

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Sean Hollister (cnet.com)

BlackBerry DTEK50 review

 

The new BlackBerry DTEK50 is sold as a BlackBerry phone that will make your personal information incredibly secure.

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is a slim, lightweight phone that's easy to use with a single hand. BlackBerry's software tweaks mostly improve the Android experience.

The camera struggles in low light, performance is a bit lacking, and BlackBerry's security claims are seriously overblown.

In a crowded mid-range smartphone market, the DTEK50 doesn't stand out. It's a $300 phone that feels like a $200 one.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Manuel Masiero (notebookcheck.net)

BlackBerry DTEK50 Smartphone Review

 

Fort Knox. BlackBerry advertises its 5.2-inch DTEK50 as the most secure Android smartphone in the world. Consequently, the mid-range handset comes with an impressive selection of security features; nevertheless it is just as easy to handle as a...

safest Android smartphone ; bright Full HD panel ; LTE ; accurate GPS ; decent speakers ; long battery life

no fingerprint sensor ; just 9 GB of available storage ; abysmal WiFi data rates ; only mediocre cameras ; high temperature development ; incompatible with several benchmarks

With its slightly awkwardly named DTEK50, BlackBerry probably has the most secure Android smartphone at the starting line. The strengthened Android 6.0 Marshmallow runs encrypted, does not permit any code injections, and only launches when the...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Lanh Nguyen (androidauthority.com)

BlackBerry DTEK50 review

 

Blackberry claims that the DTEK50 is the world's most secure smartphone but is it worth buying solely on its security features? Find out in our review.

Good, albeit very familiar, design ; Lots of useful software features ; Security is a big priority ; MicroSD card slot

Lackluster camera ; Disappointing gaming performance ; less than average battery life ; Only 16 GB of internal storage

The Blackberry claims that the DTEK50 is the world’s most secure smartphone, and if security is your number one priority, Blackberry’s second attempt at Android won’t let you down. However, it falls short in a lot areas that prevent it from being a...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Ted Kritsonis (mobilesyrup.com)

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Pushing the security narrative

 

It's usually not a coincidence when a company goes back to its roots, which is hardly a surprise in BlackBerry's case. Even amidst its current malaise, BlackBerry's image is still centered around security, and so, its latest smartphone pushes that...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Mike Prospero (tomsguide.com)

BlackBerry DTek50 Review: Security and Productivity for a Good Price

 

Security-conscious Android owners will like the features that BlackBerry brings to its Android phone. The ability to actively monitor which apps are using your camera or microphone, and take steps to change that, sets the DTek 50 apart. Plus, the other...

Excellent security features ; Great keyboard ; Bright display

No CDMA support ; Below-average battery life

The BlackBerry DTek50 has robust security and great productivity tools, but its camera and battery life could be better.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Eric M. Zeman (phonescoop.com)

Review: BlackBerry DTEK50

 

The DTEK50 runs BlackBerry's apps and services on Google's operating system and Alcatel's hardware. It's a curious collaboration of sorts that adds up to a better 'Berry. This slim Android device is everything that BlackBerry phones should have been —...

The DTEK50 from BlackBerry delivers a very good experience for the money. At $299, it's less than half the cost of the BlackBerry Priv and comes in a more aesthetically appealing package. The DTEK50 is slim, light, and easy on the eyes. Originally...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Patrick O'Rourke (mobilesyrup.com)

BlackBerry DTEK50 Hands-on: Repackaged, ‘secure’ Android

 

In an effort to reinvigorate its handset business, which is currently trudging forward on life support, BlackBerry has finally relented and released the touchscreen, Android-based phone hardcore fans of the brand have fantasized about for a long time....

Jul, 2016

Expert review by (androidpit.com)

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: playing it safe

 

BlackBerry has released what it claims to be the world's “most secure Android phone”. The DTEK50 is aimed squarely at business users, providing both protection and software designed to aid productivity. Though it lacks many of the finer details of its...

Superior audio quality and microphone ; Productivity features are successful ; Probably the most secure Android phone in the world

Mostly unspectacular ; Decidedly weak battery life ; Unattractive design

As a second phone, or a company phone, the DTEK50 makes sense: it seems pretty durable and has a focus on security and organization tools. It’s essentially a less costly BlackBerry Priv without a physical keyboard – two changes which are to the benefit...

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2610
Battery performance:2610
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:40
Continuous video playback time:8
Standby time (2G):24
Talk time (2G):17

Call Management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call blocking: Yes
Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:No / Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Maximum frame rate:30
Multi-shot: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Bar
Product color:Black

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5.2
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:424
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: No

Memory

Internal RAM:3

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3G2, AAC, AAC+, ADTS, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, ASF, AWB, FLAC, IMY, MID, MIDI, MP3, MP4, MXMF, OGG, OPUS, OTA, PCM, RTTTL, RTX, Vorbis, WAV, WMA, XMF, eAAC+ / 3G2, AAC, ADTS, ASF, AWB, FLAC, IMY, Mid, MP3, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WMV, XMF / AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, OTA, PCM, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC,AAC+,AMR-NB,AMR-WB,FLAC,MIDI,MP3,OGG,OTA,PCM,WAV,WMA,XMF / AAC,AAC+,AMR-NB,AMR-WB,MIDI,MP3,OGG,OTA,PCM,WAV,WMA,XMF
FM radio:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WEBP / BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WEBP
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DIVX, MOV, MPEG4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, DIVX, H.263, H.264, H.265, MKV, MOV, MP4, VC-1, VP8, VP9, WEBM, WMV, XVID / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,DIVX,MOV,MPEG4,WEBM,WMV
Video compression formats:3GP, AVI, DivX, H.263, H.264, H.265, MKV, MOV, MP4, RMVB, VC-1, VOB, WEBM, WMV, Xvid
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,DIVX,MKV,MOV,MPEG4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,DIVX,MOV,MPEG4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,AVI,DIVX,H.263,H.264,H.265,MKV,MOV,MP4,VC-1,VP8,VP9,WEBM,WMV,XVID

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
BeiDou:Y
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 850,900,1900,2100
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+
4G:Y
4G bands supported:2300,2500,2600 / 700,800,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600 / 700,800,900,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2 LE / 4.2 LE EDR
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Built-in memory capacity:16
Google applications:Gmail,Google Chrome,Google Drive,Google Hangouts,Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube
Internal memory:3

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry contacts, BlackBerry notes, BlackBerry tasks BlackBerry camera BBM®, DTEK ™ by BlackBerry®, BlackBerry device search, BlackBerry launcher, BlackBerry services, BlackBerry Help, BlackBerry Password Keeper, Microsoft exFAT Technology for BlackBerry Blackberry content transfer, Yahoo! ® Finance\n\nGoogle Photos, Messenger (SMS), Android Device Manager
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y / Yes
Graphics:Adreno 405
Graphics adapter:Adreno 405
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Calendar
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Calendar
Personalization:Icons, Shortcuts, Themes
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Charging connector:Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.2 / 1.5
Processor:617
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.5
Processor model:617

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0 / 6.0.1
Platform:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:3 / 3072
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:2000
Memory card hot swapping:Y
RAM capacity:3
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Built-in memory capacity:16
Built-in sensors:Accelerometer\nMagnetometer\nGyroscope\nProximity\nAmbient light\nHall Effect
Color: Yes
Google applications:Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube
GSM bands supported:850,900,1800,1900
Internal memory:3
Scratch resistant:Y
Scratch-resistant:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.291 / 2.85
Height:5.79
Weight:4.76
Width:0.291 / 2.85