Blackberry is in the middle of its new life as an Android phone maker. Its new device Blackberry Dtek 50 is a curious little machine. The Blackberry Dtek 50 is pretty cheap, secure, all touch and blackberry lets someone else do most of the design work in many ways.
You probably already know the Blackberry Dtek 50 based on a TCL reference design which explains why it looks so much like an Alcatel Idol 4. Blackberry Dtek 50 is respectively built and even kind of handsome in an understated way.
The 5.2 inch 1080p screen out front is actually pretty great too. It has accurately saturated colors and really nice viewing angles. On top of this is two speakers perched at the top and bottom of the device. They’re a little on the T side but they’re plenty loud and it’s always kind of a pleasure to get even decent stereo audio out of a smartphone.
Performance is what you’d expect out of such a budget phone. It is far from flagship level but still plenty snappy. The Blackberry Dtek 50 runs with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chip-set and 3 gigabytes of RAM. Die-hard BlackBerry fans might have some lingering hard feelings about the company’s hardware partner. The perfectly fitted physical design and construction don’t leave much room for complaining.
About the software Blackberry Dtek 50 runs a secured version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The underlying Linux kernel has been hardened to full disk encryption. The company’s Dtek app lets you manage permissions and secure your phone. One can swipe up from the bottom of the screen for shortcuts in a Productivity tab. On the right side of the screen offers quick access to your calendar entries, tasks and favorite contacts.
The keyboard which is still one of the finest available on Android phones. It’s perfectly sized, precise and swiping up on word suggestions to complete messages. However there are some issues you should know about.
The camera for instance it’s really nothing to write home about like every other smartphone camera before. It does much better in bright conditions. There’s a fair amount of detail to be found here and in manual mode and life filters can help you get the colors an impact that you want.
The 3410 mAh battery continues to be a little finicky. It could last you through a full workday before needing a charge. Heavy usage usually makes the phone to be very hot. On regular usage, it can last more than 7 hours.
Key Specifications for Blackberry Dtek 50
5.4 inch Display
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Operating System
Hexa-Core 2×1.8 GHz Processor
up to 256GB Memory Card Slot
32 GB Internal Memory
3 GB RAM
18 MP Rear Camera
2 MP Front Camera
Non-removable Li-Ion 3410 mAh battery