BlackBerry DTEK50 Review – No Physical Keyboards This Time

It has been a while since many have heard about BlackBerry as the smartphone market is primarily dominated with Android, iOS, and even Windows phones, but it doesn’t mean that the firm is about to throw in the towel just yet, especially as they’ve recently brought the BlackBerry DTEK50 to the world. So what’s different about this one? For starters, even though the Canadian mobile device manufacturer is known for placing physical keyboards onto their gadgets, this time around there is none. Hence, it does appear that the brand is conducting an experiment with this one. One look at it and it does show potential; however, once you’re able to use it and you would immediately feel that this is a huge let down due to its slow performance and disappointing battery life.

BlackBerry DTEK50 Review - No Physical Keyboards This Time

The BlackBerry DTEK50 Tries to Keep up But Ultimately Falls Short

When you take a look at the design of the BlackBerry DTEK50, you would find that isn’t quite an original smartphone. As a matter of fact, the handset is not made by the Canadian company at all. BlackBerry had decided to cut costs by basing its latest gadget to be almost entirely on a reference design by TCL, which is the parent company of Alcatel OneTouch.

Therefore, the DTEK50, in terms of design, is just a rebranded version of the Alcatel Idol 4. It should be noted that BlackBerry was not the first company to go about this path as Vodafone also did something similar with its Smart Platinum 7, in which that handset was just a slightly better version of the Idol 4S. Hence, with this in mind, it is fair to say that BlackBerry did not want to spend some serious cash into the design and structure of their latest phone. However, this also means that since the Canadian firm does not want to pull out all the stops into trying to recover their lost crown in the smartphone market, then this device is already doomed to fail even before it was released.

The BlackBerry DTEK50 offers a 5.2-inch screen, and it does offer a pretty decent performance, especially for the fact that it is a 1080p IPS LCD variety. The pictures displayed are bright and colorful while not being too oversaturated. However, when it comes to performance and battery life, both departments are very middling. Not everyone is a huge fan of the Snapdragon 617 CPU, and even though that is mated to 3GB of RAM, the software is still slow to react. So is this phone worth picking up? At its price point, there are still a whole lot of better options out there.


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