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BlackBerry Reveals 'World's Most Secure Android Phone'

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

BlackBerry is doubling down on Android smartphones with the reveal of the Dtek50. The company claims its new handset is the "world's most secure Android phone," by adding BlackBerry's own special sauce. It is available for $299 preorders through BlackBerry's own store. It will start shipping on August 8. 

The Dtek50 runs Android with some BlackBerry special feature overlays. Specifically, the phone gets its name from the Dtek app, which allows you to see a guage of how secure your device is. The app will then suggest ways to lock it down further by setting a passcode or whatnot. You can go into your list of apps and see what permissions have been set and then revoke those you don't want. You can also set an alert for any time an app accesses your mic, camera or location. 
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In addition to all the basic Google apps (including the Google Play store and Chrome), BlackBerry baked in its Hub (unified inbox), Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Launcher, and Password Keeper. It comes with BlackBerry Content Transfer and Microsoft exFAT Technology.

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The hardware features a 5.2-inch full HD display that the company claims is scratch resistant. Under the hood you'll find an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno GPU. It only offers 16GB of storage out of the box, but you can add up to 2TB through a microSD card slot. The 2610-mAh, non-removable Lithium Ion battery should last up to 17 hours of mixed use, or 8 hours of video playback. There's a 13-megapixel camera on the back, and an impressive 8-MP camera on the front with it's own selfie flash mode. 

In a throwback to older BlackBerry's the side houses a programmable button. You can use that to automate a task, like sending an email to a common contact, taking a picture, turning on the flashlight, etc. 

While this is the company's second Android phone, BlackBerry has no plans to abandon the existing three BB10 devices and hinted that new devices are on the way. Like the older models, the Dtek50 will be sold through carriers, but will also be available through added-value security vendors. The company claims its good for fleet deployment or BYOD companies. It hopes to target the same lovers of BlackBerry in times gone by.