Latest BlackBerry scores highly on security and audio

The BlackBerry DTEK50 (Image: blackberry.com)

The reviews are in for the new BlackBerry DTEK50, billed by BlackBerry as the “world’s most secure Android smartphone”.

BlackBerry’s second Android device is being positioned as an affordable option for businesses to issue to their employees and this focus on security will be a big draw for this market.

Ralph Pini, chief operating officer and general manager of devices at BlackBerry, said: “We take our customers’ privacy seriously. That’s why we’re proud to have all the security and privacy functionality that’s built in our newest Android smartphone. DTEK50 merges the unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for with the rich Android ecosystem.”

The DTEK50 is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 CPU, with a 16GB capacity. This can be expanded to a huge 2TB with a microSD, however.

Android Pit has praised the device’s productivity features, mentioning the use of swipe features and a slide sidebar for favourite contacts, tasks and unread messages.

There is also a convenience button found on the right side of the device. Users can assign their preferred actions to the button, which appear when it is pressed. It can even be programmed to be a power button.

The phone has a textured back, which reviewers seem to view favourably, appreciating the grip it gives while holding. A Know Your Mobile review considered it an “eye-catching” design.

Android Pit pointed to the audio quality as a stand-out feature, calling the DTEK50’s microphone one of the best. The Inquirer agreed, saying they were “blown away”.

The display is a solid 5.2 inch 1080p, which, it has been noted, contributes to improving battery performance. This is certainly something appreciated by enterprise fleets.

Available SIM-free for £275, it is certainly worthy of consideration by security-conscious business customers.