BlackBerry continues to try and regain what had been lost ever since the smartphone sector left the Canadian tech firm in the dust some years ago. When the company’s first Android-based phone was released, dubbed the Priv, many deem it to be a decent phone, but it wasn’t enough to wow many. Furthermore, it did not offer enough to justify the large heft in its price tag. The firm’s latest announcement brought many to be shocked as there will be another Android-based smartphone to grace its product line, this time it’s called the DTEK50.
BlackBerry Introduces the DTEK50
With this new BlackBerry smartphone, it looks to be a barely-modified Alcatel Idol 4. It would seem that the only hardware change with regards to its design is a new backplate that bears the company’s logo. It will come into the market with a 5.2-inch display and it will sport 1080p resolution, which does seem promising. For its processing power, it will be equipped with a Snapdragon 617 chip. It will also have a 13-megapixel rear snapper, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. For its battery, it is reported that it will have a 2,610mAh battery pack.
It also comes with 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal flash storage, and the ability to expand that further with the use of an SD card. It should be noted that this is not based on the Alcatel’s more superior Idol 4S, of which has a higher resolution display, larger battery pack, and a better camera performance.
When taking a look at the software side of things, the upcoming BlackBerry smartphone has its own special formula in order to improve the privacy and security of its users. It should also be known that the Canadian smartphone manufacturer takes pride in making their phones and software as secure as possible. In fact, it even claims to be the “world’s most secure Android phone,” however that claim does not appear to be qualified by an independent authority, for now anyway.
Within its press release, BlackBerry lists the following features that highlights the phone’s improved security over other Android-based smartphones on the market: Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats. DTEK by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location. Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry’s manufacturing process uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification and provisioning of DTEK50. Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK50’s secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been tampered with since the last restart. Android OS hardening: 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. FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.
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