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BlackBerry DTEK50 review

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The BlackBerry DTEK50 currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 30 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Bright, crisp display
  • MicroSD support up to 2TB
  • Excellent security additions
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • QuickCharge 2.0 support

What's bad

  • Occasional delays in performance
  • Sealed battery
  • Tinny speakerphone

It’s no secret that BlackBerry doesn’t enjoy the success it once had. In their latest attempt to get back in the smartphone market, BlackBerry handed off device design to another company to freshen up their line-up. Touting the world’s most secure smartphone is quite a claim, but with security concerns out of the way, is the handset worth owning?

The reviews are rolling in and we’ve dug through them all to bring you this summary!

Reviews on the phone’s aluminum-lined design are positive. And with good reason--the phone’s shell is essentially a modified Alcatel Idol 4. The only complaints about the device was button placement. Many reviewers found the placement of the power button awkward.

Flipping around to the front of the phone, you’re greeted to a blank glass slate. Thin bezels help the keep the phone slim and trim and front-facing stereo speakers offer a boost to the media experience. Phonescoop noted, “[Audio] quality is good enough that you can probably skip using a Bluetooth speaker in small quarters.”

The 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display also received plenty of praise. Multiple reviewers pointed out how bright the screen was the excellent visibility in bright lighting. Phonescoop said, “The LCD panel offers excellent viewing angles. Text, images, icons, and web sites are sharp and free of pixelated edges. It's a fine display.” While 1080p might not cut it for VR usage, it’s more than enough for daily tasks when paired with the smaller display.

To keep your apps and games humming along, BlackBerry went with an eight-core Snapdragon 617 with 3GB of RAM. Overall performance is solid, even with gaming. Reviews noted that apps loaded quickly and multitasking wasn’t a problem. Some reviewers noted minor stuttering at random times. Pocket Lint described the experience, saying, “Most of the time the DTEK50 runs smoothly. However, at least once or twice during a single stint of use, the phone has paused or frozen for a couple of seconds before continuing with its tasks.”

BlackBerry kept changes to the Android 6.0 software to a minimum apart from a few privacy additions. Reviewers particularly loved their approach to widgets. They also enjoyed the DTEK app for auditing security tweaking app permissions on the phone. BlackBerry claims the phone will be the most secure smartphone in the world, thanks to monthly security updates and zero day patches.

One other addition caught reviewers by surprise--the BlackBerry keyboard app. Reviewers raved about the accuracy and customization options. If you’re a frequent texter or use your phone for email and writing, the keyboard might be worth a look.

Media junkies will find plenty to love about the phone. While it only offers 16GB of internal storage, the microSD slot lets you add up to 2TB of storage space.

The phone’s 2610mAh battery is sealed, so you can’t swap it out if you’re running low. However, support for Quick Charge 2.0 offers a half charge in just 30 minutes. Unfortunately, you must spend more to take advantage of this feature as BlackBerry does not include a QC2.0 charger with the phone. Little was mentioned on battery life in reviews--though no one mentioned any problems either.

While the DTEK50 won’t replace your DSLR, reviews on the 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing lens are decent. The rear camera features an f/2.0 lens and two-tone flash for greater color accuracy. The front-facing lens includes a flash for making the most of your selfies or late night Skype sessions. Phonescoop took the camera out in the city and said, “I'd say most people will be happy to use the DTEK50 for everyday photo and video needs. It can handle most ordinary shooting environments.”

Reviews on BlackBerry’s latest phone are good if not leaning toward blandly average. The only questionable issue is the price. Pocket Lint summed up opinions well, saying, “The only thing the BlackBerry DTEK50 really has going for it is the added security. And if protecting your information and keeping an eye on your phone's vulnerabilities is invaluable to you, then the less-than-perfect hardware is definitely a cross worth bearing.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechPP

It is a good device, but nowhere near the greatness that BlackBerry needs. And while it is affordable by BlackBerry standards, those standards still seem a trifle out of sync with ground reality, especially taking the new generation budget flagships into consideration.

- Nimish Dubey, TechPP
Ausdroid

An affordable phone at around $400 (depending on vendor) with class-leading build quality, great software and connectivity, let down by a battery perhaps a bit small.

- Alex Dennis, Ausdroid
Digit

The BlackBerry DTEK 50 has a good display and very smooth overall performance, but lags behind the competition when it comes to the camera, battery life and built-in storage. It's just not the perfect smartphone to buy.

- Sameer Mitha, Digit
The Mobile Indian

The BlackBerry DTEK50 does not have anything special to offer apart from the security aspects. It might appeal to the business customers with the type of security the company is giving, but for a regular people, it is just another Android smartphone. And keeping the price point in mind, the smartpho...

- Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian
Fone Arena

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is a bit costly compared to other smartphones in the range. It has a good display, has several software features, including several security features from BlackBerry and the build quality is good, but it lacks a fingerprint sensor that is available in most phones in the range a...

- Srivatsan Sridhar, Fone Arena


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


BlackBerry released the DTEK50 on August 8, 2016.


BlackBerry DTEK50 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. BlackBerry's suggested retail price is $299.00. You can compare DTEK50 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry DTEK50 user manual here.


BlackBerry backs up the DTEK50 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your DTEK50 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.2"

The BlackBerry DTEK50's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2610mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2610 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 1020 minutes, 404 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

BlackBerry DTEK50 Specs

Overview
Release date August 8, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 0.83 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2610 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 480 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 404 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 24 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.7 x 7.2 x 0.7 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Scratch-resistant
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Image stabilization, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, QCP, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Neon

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Critic Reviews


TechPP

Affordable but only by BB standards

from TechPP

It is a good device, but nowhere near the greatness that BlackBerry needs. And while it is affordable by BlackBerry standards, those standards still seem a trifle out of sync with ground reality, especially taking the new generation budget flagships into consideration.

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It is a good device, but nowhere near the greatness that BlackBerry needs. And while it is affordable by BlackBerry standards, those standards still seem a trifle out of sync with ground reality, especially taking the new generation budget flagships into consideration.

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Ausdroid

Represents great value for money

from Ausdroid

An affordable phone at around $400 (depending on vendor) with class-leading build quality, great software and connectivity, let down by a battery perhaps a bit small.

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An affordable phone at around $400 (depending on vendor) with class-leading build quality, great software and connectivity, let down by a battery perhaps a bit small.

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Digit

A compact smartphone aimed at the no nonsense business user

from Digit

The BlackBerry DTEK 50 has a good display and very smooth overall performance, but lags behind the competition when it comes to the camera, battery life and built-in storage. It's just not the perfect smartphone to buy.

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The BlackBerry DTEK 50 has a good display and very smooth overall performance, but lags behind the competition when it comes to the camera, battery life and built-in storage. It's just not the perfect smartphone to buy.

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The Mobile Indian

Might appeal to the business customers

from The Mobile Indian

The BlackBerry DTEK50 does not have anything special to offer apart from the security aspects. It might appeal to the business customers with the type of security the company is giving, but for a regular people, it is just another Android smartphone. And keeping the price point in mind, the smart...More

The BlackBerry DTEK50 does not have anything special to offer apart from the security aspects. It might appeal to the business customers with the type of security the company is giving, but for a regular people, it is just another Android smartphone. And keeping the price point in mind, the smartphone faces a stiff competition with the like of LeEco Le Max 2, Lenovo Z2 Plus as they are offering much more superior specs coupled with some solid design at a lower price.

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Fone Arena

Smooth performance, good build quality

from Fone Arena

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is a bit costly compared to other smartphones in the range. It has a good display, has several software features, including several security features from BlackBerry and the build quality is good, but it lacks a fingerprint sensor that is available in most phones in the rang...More

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is a bit costly compared to other smartphones in the range. It has a good display, has several software features, including several security features from BlackBerry and the build quality is good, but it lacks a fingerprint sensor that is available in most phones in the range and this is also a single SIM phone when most phones have dual SIM support, including flagship Android phones. Hope the price would come down in near future.

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NDTV

Offers solid performance and has a good screen as well as good cameras

from NDTV

No matter how outlandish, impractical, or overpriced, each of BlackBerry’s phones over the past few years has at least been memorable. Some, such as the Priv and Passport (Review), might even be considered iconic. While the DTEK50 offers far better hardware than previous budget BlackBerries...More

No matter how outlandish, impractical, or overpriced, each of BlackBerry’s phones over the past few years has at least been memorable. Some, such as the Priv and Passport (Review), might even be considered iconic. While the DTEK50 offers far better hardware than previous budget BlackBerries, it just isn’t in the same league. It seems as though TCL slapped the BlackBerry logo onto one of its own products. When it comes down to it for most buyers, this is just another Android phone.

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The Indian Express

You might want to take a look at this phone

from The Indian Express

Should you buy? Frankly, at this price point the DTEK 50 seems like a good buy with a great design and added software and security features. Also, this is among the few phones now with a software enhancement that adds to your productivity significantly. If you are someone who thinks you have...More

Should you buy? Frankly, at this price point the DTEK 50 seems like a good buy with a great design and added software and security features. Also, this is among the few phones now with a software enhancement that adds to your productivity significantly. If you are someone who thinks you have enough on your phone to need some extra protection, then this is a good phone to buy. For the rest, I just don’t know to make them look at a BlackBerry phone again. That is the biggest challenge for this company we all used to love.

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What Mobile

Cautious and standard

from What Mobile

The DTEK50 isn’t a device that’s going to turn a lot of heads with it’s looks, but it is a fair effort from BlackBerry. However a fair effort isn’t what BlackBerry need right now, considering how deep in the red, the Canadian manufacturer is.

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The DTEK50 isn’t a device that’s going to turn a lot of heads with it’s looks, but it is a fair effort from BlackBerry. However a fair effort isn’t what BlackBerry need right now, considering how deep in the red, the Canadian manufacturer is.

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Notebookcheck

Protects users against security vulnerabilities and cyber threats

from Notebookcheck

With its slightly awkwardly named DTEK50, BlackBerry probably has the most secure Android smartphone at the starting line. The strengthened Android 6.0 Marshmallow runs encrypted, does not permit any code injections, and only launches when the bootloader has not been compromised. In addition, the...More

With its slightly awkwardly named DTEK50, BlackBerry probably has the most secure Android smartphone at the starting line. The strengthened Android 6.0 Marshmallow runs encrypted, does not permit any code injections, and only launches when the bootloader has not been compromised. In addition, the aptly named DTEK app scans for suspicious activities on the smartphone and provides suggestions on how to make the handset even safer. The manufacturer's update policy also shows just how serious BlackBerry takes its security approach. BlackBerry aims to react to cyber threats much faster than the competition and proved this recently with the very quickly released patch for the "QuadRooter" security vulnerability. However, why the DTEK50 is not equipped with a fingerprint scanner will remain to be the manufacturer's secret.

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Android Community

The phone with no name

from Android Community

The DTEK50 isn't a great phone, but it's not a bad one, either. Despite my ambivalence I recommend you at least seek one out, if only to disavow yourself of the idea that BlackBerry circa 2016 in any way resembles the hardware giant you have been defending or raging against for the...More

The DTEK50 isn't a great phone, but it's not a bad one, either. Despite my ambivalence I recommend you at least seek one out, if only to disavow yourself of the idea that BlackBerry circa 2016 in any way resembles the hardware giant you have been defending or raging against for the past seven years. Under John Chen's reign, success looks very different — it looks like a phone designed and built by another company, utterly unremarkable and free of affect.

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