Android-Powered ‘BlackBerry DTEK50’ (Neon) Priced at $299: Should You Buy?

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BlackBerry DTEK50 (Neon)
BlackBerry DTEK50 (Neon)

BlackBerry used to have full control over the?software and hardware building process of its handsets. However, in the?past couple of years, the Canadian tech giant has been struggling. From ditching the BB10 OS for Android, to outsourcing the hardware building process, BlackBerry is doing everything it can to survive the competition. Yes, we are talking about the latest ?BlackBerry DTEK50,? also known as the ?BlackBerry Neon.?

Pocket Lint noted that Blackberry partnered with TCL Communication to build the mid-range DTEK50 using existing design philosophies. Similar to the?BlackBerry Priv, this device also runs Android out of the box.

Speaking of exterior design, the BlackBerry DTEK50 flaunts a neat and clean front, along with a patterned back, which is guaranteed to offer excellent grip. Even though it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, this device comes housed with all the Blackberry goodness like BBM, calendar app, Device Search, Password Keeper, Notes and Tasks. To top it all off, it also comes with the BlackBerry Hub support, which is nothing but a one-stop notification center.

Although the BlackBerry DTEK50 specifications cannot be categorized as high-end, it definitely packs a punch for a mid-range device. To top it off, this device costs just?$299 in the U.S. and it is already available for pre-order.

BlackBerry DTEK50 (Neon)

BlackBerry DTEK50 (Neon)

The Blackberry DTEK50 features a 5.2-inch display and 1080p screen resolution. Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 617 processor powers this smartphone.

While the internal modules are backed by 3GB of RAM, the device comes equipped with 16GB of built-in storage space. There is also a microSD card slot to help expand the memory for up to 2TB.

Blackberry has generously added a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera on a budget-friendly handset. Selfie enthusiasts will be pleased to know that there is an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter onboard.

Keeping the lights on is a modest 2,610mAh battery cell. Nevertheless, Qualcomm?s Quick Charge 2.0 technology offers rapid charging option.

Overall, this device has it all. With a clean design, Android OS, impressive camera units, affordable price tag and BlackBerry-specific features — the Blackberry DTEK50 offers good value-for-money.


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