BlackBerry launches DTEK50 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core; price, specifications
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Canadian handset-maker BlackBerry launched the oddly-named DTEK50 smartphone on Tuesday.

BlackBerry DTEK50 sports a 5.2-inch full HD display and runs Android Marshmallow OS (with BlackBerry's security features), Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage, 13MP primary camera, an 8MP front snapper and a 2,610mAh battery, which can keep the phone running for close to 24 days under standby mode.

It also boasts customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key. Located on the right side of the phone, a single press of this button provides the users quick access to the most-used applications, task, or whatever the user chooses to program.

Another key aspect of the new BlackBerry phone is its proprietary DTEK security feature. It automatically monitors apps and processes in real time to provide an overall security rating for your device, the company said.

It's "Advanced Tools" also track when device owner's personal information is accessed, how often and for how long.

Availability and price details:

The new BlackBerry DTEK50 is the company's second Android phone after the Priv and also the most affordable to date.

The DTEK50 is available to pre-order from in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Netherlands for $299 ($429 CDN/ €339/ £275/Rs. 20,137).

As promotional campaign, consumers who pre-order DTEK50 will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack, a high-capacity portable charger worth $59.99 USD ($69.99 CDN, €59.99, and £54.99). This offer expires on Aug. 8 at 11:59 p.m. PST, said the company.

Key specifications of BlackBerry DTEK50:

Model BlackBerry DTEK50
Display 5.2-inch full HD screen with 1920x1080p resolution
  • Pixel density: 424 ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Android Marshmallow
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon (MS8952) 617 octa-core (4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU 550MHz Adreno 405
Storage 16GB, expandable up to 2TB
  • Main: 13MP camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), fast focus lock HDR, 6-element, f/2.0 aperture lens, dual-tone LED flash, 4 x digital zoom, full HD video recording, Panorama, Burst, Live Filters, multi-frame low light enhancement
  • Front: 8MP camera with fixed-focus, f/2.2 aperture, 1.125µm pixel size, wide-angle 84-degree field of view, full HD video recording, selfie flash, wide selfie mode (aka Selfie Panorama), multi-frame low light enhancement
Battery 2,610mAh (4.4V) Lithium Ion battery (non-removable) withQuick Charge v2.0, which can charge up the phone close to 50% charge in 51 minutesBattery life:
  • Up to 17 hours mixed battery life
  • Up to 17 hours talk time
  • Up to 24 days standby time
  • Up to 40 hours audio playback
  • Up to 8 hours video playback
Network 4G-LTE
Add-ons Bluetooth v4.2 LE (with EDR), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac; dual-band; 2.4GHz & 5GHz), USB v2.0, white-light notification indicator, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC (Near Field Communication)
Dimensions 147.0 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm
Weight 135 g
Colours Black
Price $299 ($429 CDN/ €339/ £275/Rs. 20,137).