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Blackberry had recently started venturing in the Android based smartphones, and the results are getting better. The initial Android based smartphones in blackberry was a great machine but it wasn’t able to gain much traction among the smartphone users. The second smartphone in the Android based segment of the smartphones is Blackberry DTEK50. Not only the phone is a lot more practical than its elder sibling, but it also boasts a host of features. The Blackberry DTEK50 is kept at a budget friendly price, offers one of the best encryption ever and has a solid build quality. So, let’s see how this phone turns out to be when tested hands on.
Talking about the external dimensions of the Blackberry DTEK50, it has physical dimensions as 5.79 x 2.85 x 0.29 inches, which makes it an optimum sized smartphone. The phone weighs only 135 grams, which makes it ideal to be carried. Regarding the color variants of the phone, it comes in black color only. Overall, the phone manages to portray a positive design appeal and looks decent.
Talking about the display of this phone, the Blackberry DTEK50 features a 5.2 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display that provides a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels that roughly translates to 424 pixels-per-inch pixel density. The display is also protected by a scratch-resistant glass and an oleophobic coating. The display of this phone is crisp and full of details and would surely not disappoint anyone.
The phone is powered by a 4x1.5GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Octa-processor which is backed by a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 chipset. The processor seems to play games and videos easily, however, one might observe some lag and stutter while playing graphics intensive games and applications.
The smartphone offers 16GB of internal memory, which could be expanded up to 256GB using the second SIM card slot provided in the phone. The phone runs on Android platform and works on Android version 6.0. To give the users a lag free experience the smartphone is provided with a 3GB RAM. The phone supports 4G/LTE networks and allows single SIM support.
The phone features a 13-MP primary camera that is supported by a dual-LED (dual tone) flashlight. The front shooter sports an 8MP camera. Video recording can be done by the camera at frames like 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps. The images captured by the camera are not bad, and one can expect some decent images from the camera. However, the images snapped in low light conditions may turn out washed up and may lack details.
Talking about multimedia, the Smartphone features loudspeaker and 3.5mm audio jack with active noise cancellation. The phone is packed a range of sensors, i.e. accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass. The messaging sector of the phone has been put into the SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, BBM and the browser has been set to HTML 5 with no java support. The photo/video editor, Document viewer, has also been added to the phone.
The Blackberry features DTEK by BlackBerry for Android for security. The DTEK automatically monitor the apps and OS and lets the user know when their privacy may have a potential risk and what can be done about it. DTEK also tracks the applications and notifies the user if someone is taking videos or picture without the user’s consent, if someone is trying to access the phone’s microphone or trying to send a text message through phone or even of someone is attempting to access the user’s location and their contacts.
The battery provided in the smartphone is 2610 mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery and gives decent backup. One can easily use the battery an entire day with light to moderate usage. The phone supports fast charging, 50% in 51 min (Quick Charge 2.0). The smartphone also backs the basic functions, such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP, LE and EDR, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS and microUSB v2.0.
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