BlackBerry DTEK50, Quietly Released in the Philippines

Great news for hardcore BlackBerry fans in the Philippines as well as mobile users who greatly value their security and privacy while being on the internet, 'the most secure Android smartphone' (according to its maker) is now up for purchase across the country.

Earlier today, TP Friend Charles Quiachon saw BlackBerry DTEK50 being offered at the MemoXpress outlet in SM North EDSA CyberZone with discounted price tag of only Php 14,990.

BlackBerry DTEK 50 Philippines

Up until last year when the company brought BB Priv to our market, BlackBerry has consistently held intimate media events to launch their products locally. But I guess - in line with the company's recent decision to altogether stop 'crafting' their own devices - they have decided to just release this model in our country quietly.

BlackBerry DTEK 50 Philippines

Featuring BlackBerry's top-notch DTEK security software, the DTEK50 - despite lacking a fingerprint scanner - provides enhanced protection against malware, monitors all activities done on the phone, enables factory reset protection, and sends alerts whenever an app accesses sensitive functionality. Clearly, if staying private is a top priority for you whenever you use your handset, this handset would be ideal for you.

Design-wise, the pretty slim BlackBerry DTEK50 (which is co-crafted by Alcatel) looks both elegant and durable with its metallic accents and rugged-looking back plate.

As for specs, this Single SIM smartphone is equipped with a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display, 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back with f/2.0 aperture, 8 MegaPixel f/2.2 front cam for selfies, Full HD 30fps video recorder, non-removable 2,610 mAh Li-Ion battery pack, and 4G LTE connectivity support.

At its heart, DTEK50 runs its BlackBerry-Apps-laden Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with a fairly powerful 64-Bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, has 3GB of RAM for multitasking, and comes with 16GB of internal storage that you can easily expand using the microSD card slot.

Overall, BlackBerry DTEK50 seems like a good purchase for Php 14,990, which is its current price at malls around the country where it's out. I mean, for me, given all its features - including the ones that are unique to BlackBerry smartphones - this model can definitely stand shoulder to shoulder with other 2016 Android handsets in its price echelon.

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