BlackBerry DTEK50 pre-orders arrive at US$299

The US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands are now free to pre-order the DTEK50, BlackBerry’s first of two mid-range smartphones for the next year.

As rumored, the phone is produced by TCL and is very much similar to the Alcatel Idol 4. We saw a quick hit of specifications earlier today, but we now can bring you some specifics.

Here’s a full chart:

Component Description
Screen size 5.2 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel desnity 424 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
Type Octa-core
Speed 4 x 1.5GHz / 4 x 1.2GHz
GPU Adreno 405
Storage 16GB (microSD-expandable by up to 2TB)
Camera 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear / 8-megapixel f/2.2 front w/ 1.125um pixels
Flash Dual-LED (rear) / Selfie Flash
Battery 2610mAh w/ Quick Charge 2.0
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Cellular variants North America and Latin America / EMEA and Asia-Pacific
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Sensors Accelerometer / magnetometer / gyroscope / proximity / ambient light / Hall
Build Glass faces on metallic chassis
Dimensions 147 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm / 135g

The big promotion points for this DTEK50 include total disk encryption, a hardened Android OS, fast patches, boot security measures and the DTEK app — enabling users to track if the phone’s mic or camera is turning on or when the phone’s searching through your contacts when it’s not supposed to. The “Boom Key” on the Idol 4 is rebadged as the “Convenience Key,” programmed to get you to your most used apps.

In markets where pre-orders are available, you can head to our source link to get a piece of the DTEK50 along with a bundled-in BlackBerry Mobile Power Charger — a 12.6Ah external battery with dual USB ports — for the price of US$299 or your local equivalent. All major Canadian carriers will carry the phone while the typical online retailers in the US (Best Buy, B&H, Amazon) will do the same. The pre-order period goes through August 8.

Source: BlackBerry

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