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BlackBerry’s DTek 50 is a decent, affordable Android smartphone with a slew of extra security features. That could make the newly announced device — which is set to launch next month, selling for $299 — an enticing option for workers. Just don’t expect to find trademark BlackBerry features like a physical keyboard on this midrange device.
The DTek 50 ships with a bunch of extra features that make it more secure than your average Android smartphone. For starters, you get built-in encryption to help make sure your private files stay that way. You also get a bunch of preloaded software features, like a secure password manager and the DTek app. This app restricts other apps from overreaching if they try to access your files or tap into your phone’s camera or GPS sensor.
Security-minded workers may be disappointed to discover that the phone lacks a fingerprint scanner, a basic security feature you’ll find on other phones in the same price range, including Google’s Nexus 5X. This is a puzzling omission on a smartphone that BlackBerry is calling the most secure on the market.
What you do get is a basic Android smartphone with a 5.2-inch display, reasonably snappy performance and average battery life, which isn’t bad for $299. The device runs on Android, but BlackBerry also packs in some of its own productivity software. That includes BlackBerry Hub, which pulls together alerts and notifications from all your email and social network accounts so you can view them all at a glance.
Check back for a full review of the BlackBerry DTek 50 very soon, or check out our picks for the best business smartphones currently on the market.