The DTEK50 an Android-powered device features several unique tools, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow modified with encryption technology “originally developed for the BB10” platform, said BlackBerry, which includes a hardware Root of Trust, full disk encryption, and a secure bootloader, plus the promise of “rapid” updates and security patching, meaning you'll never be caught short in terms of how safe your device is. “DTEK50 merges unique security and connectivity features with the rich Android ecosystem,” Ralph Pini, head of BlackBerry’s device division, said in a press release.
The DTEK50 isn’t new in terms of hardware since it bears a striking resemblance to Alcatel’s Idol 4, which aligns with rumors that Alcatel partner TCL Communications will be handling BlackBerry’s short-term manufacturing duties. And perhaps unsurprisingly, the DTEK shares characteristics in common with its likely muse. It packs a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, powered by octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage which can be expanded to 2TB with a microSD card, a non-removeable 2,610 mAh battery, on the front is a 8MP front facing camera with flash, like the Idol 4, and a back camera of 13MP, above a soft-coated plastic BlackBerry logo.
BlackBerry also reported to have two more Android smartphone coming soon, codenamed Argon and Mercury, set to be released in October, the Argon looks to be the flagship device, coming with a 5.5 inch Quad HD screen, 21MP rear camera and powered by Snapdragon 820 processor.
The Mercury appears to be a similarly mid range device which will feature both a touchscreen and the classic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, powered by Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, with a large 3,400mAh battery, 18MP rear camera and 8MP front lens.