Blackberry Announces DETK50, 'World's Most Secure Android Smartphone' Costs $299

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BlackBerry today announced its second Android smartphone, the DTEK50 , a mid-range Android device that got announced at the beginning of this year, The DTEK50 is "the world's most secure Android smartphone" according to BlackBerry

It's already up for pre-order from BlackBerry's own website in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. It's priced at $299, €339, CAD 429, and £275,  you’ll get a free 12,600mAh battery pack to go with your new phone. BlackBerry says that the DTEK50 will ship the week of August 8. The BlackBerry DTEK50 is sold unlocked and supports GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S.

The DTEK's biggest selling point is its security features. In addition to encryption tools, it touts malware protection baked directly into the software. Most importantly, the phone will install security patches as soon as updates are available.

BlackBerry provides additional security patches, improved random number, address space generation and certificate pinning to make it more difficult for attackers to target a device by scrambling application/system memory.

BlackBerry DTEK50 Specs
Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
5.2-inch 1080p display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
16GB storage plus microSD slot (2TB supported)
13 MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash,
8 MP selfie shooter,
2610mAh battery
Quick Charge 2.0
Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11ac, NFC, LTE, FM radio
microUSB 2.0 charging port

The handset runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and BlackBerry has made additional improvements to harden the OS, that’s coupled with the company’s Hardware Root of Trust and Secure Boot processes to provide greater security.