BlackBerry’s DTEK50 is an Alcatel Idol 4

Alex Kidman 27 July 2016 NEWS


The latest BlackBerry phone comes without the familiar keyboard, but it is a somewhat familiar shape.

BlackBerry made the formal shift over to the Android world with last year’s BlackBerry Priv smartphone, which married a Galaxy-Edge-esque curved screen design with a familiar slide-out keyboard for those who still like tactile smartphone typing. Overnight, it announced its second Android smartphone, the DTEK50.

The DTEK50 is an Android 6.0 phone with a 5.2 inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. What’s interesting about the DTEK50 is that while the Priv could be accused of borrowing design elements from Samsung’s curved Galaxy Edge phones, the DTEK50 hasn’t so much borrowed a design as it’s rebuilt one. To be specific, the DTEK50 is a rebadged and software modified version of the Alcatel Idol 4 smartphone, which was launched at Mobile World Congress back in March and is due to arrive on Australian shores in September.

Blackberry’s pitch for the DTEK50 relates to the inclusion of Blackberry’s own security software, which covers encryption of sensitive information as well as simple security audit software. There’s no physical keyboard, because the Idol 4 didn’t feature one either, but it does come with Blackberry’s own software keyboard instead. It's aimed at business customers, so it will be interesting to see which Australian carriers (if any) opt to range the DTEK50.

Blackberry hasn’t yet announced Australian availability for the DTEK50, but it’s due to launch in early August in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands for an outright asking price of US$299. After currency conversion that would suggest a price point locally of around $450, making it marginally more expensive than the Idol 4 it’s based upon.

Blackberry DTEK50
Screen size 5.2in
Storage 16GB
Weight 135g
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
Rear camera 13MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 2610mAh
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Display density 424ppi
RRP $US299

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