BlackBerry DTEK50 official, runs Android 6.0 on 5.2-inch display for $299


Last year, BlackBerry launched the Priv, its first Android phone that came equipped with a physical keyboard. Now BlackBerry is showing off its second Android device.

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is now official, and it differs from the Priv in a couple of ways. First up is that it lacks a physical keyboard, meaning that all of your interaction with it will be on its 5.2-inch 1920×1080 display.

The other big difference between the DTEK50 and the Priv are specs. Whereas the Priv was a flagship device with high-end specs, the DTEK50 is a bit more mid-range. It’s got an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD slot for adding more storage. Also inside of its shell is a 2610mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support. Rounding out the DTEK50’s feature set are 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras and a Convenience Key on its right side that you can use to quickly launch your favorite app.

On the software side, the DTEK50 is running Android 6.0 with custom BlackBerry features. Those include a keyboard that’ll let you flick suggestions into your sentences, the BlackBerry Hub that brings all of your conversations into a single place, and Instant Actions that’ll let you type in a command to perform an action, like “phone” followed by a phone number.

The BlackBerry DTEK50 includes HSPA+ bands 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8 as well as LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, 30. The DTEK50 ships unlocked and BlackBerry touts it as being compatible with T-Mobile. I’ve reached out to BlackBerry to ask if the DTEK50 supports T-Mo VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, but haven’t heard back as of this writing. The unlocked BlackBerry Priv supports those T-Mobile features, though, so it’s possible that the DTEK50 will, too.


The DTEK50 is now available for pre-order and will begin shipping the week of August 8. Pricing is set at $299, and buyers will get a 12,600mAh BlackBerry Mobile Power Charger with their phone.

BlackBerry’s DTEK50 appears to be a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4, offering a similar design and spec list as Alcatel’s phone. The DTEK50 looks like a respectable device, and while the phone doesn’t have a physical keyboard like many BlackBerry addicts probably like, it does have an affordable price tag to appeal to price-conscious consumers and enterprise users.

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  • Guest

    The extra 12,600mAh battery pack typo is really great!

    I don’t like Alcatel for all the bad phones they sell to people but if the reviews are good for this phone I may get one.

    • DStudio

      It’s no typo; check out the pre-order link.

      • Guest

        I see, but it is not a battery pack for the phone, looks like it is the battery of a/the portable charger. Interesthing.

  • kevev

    Very nice. Would be nice to get back down to a manageable size. I like the phisycal design more than the idol 4. Looks grippy. Can the bootloader be unlocked? That will help with sales.

  • Matt

    I kind of like it but still pricey.

    • Acdc1a

      By BB standards this phone is free.

  • Alex

    Wow are those front and rear facing speakers like the Idol 4s? Yet another phone that makes me feel like I should of waited instead of getting a Nexus 6p a month ago. Womp womp woooomp.

    • lomsha

      Why, the 6p is the better phone

  • Trevnerdio

    Hmmm…I actually like this.

  • VapidRapidRabbit

    So now they’re selling phones rebadged as BlackBerrys? My, how the mighty have fallen…

  • genretv

    Another black monolith phone. ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’ want’s their prop back.

  • Dustin

    It looks exactly like the Alcatel one touch idol 3 with the added front and rear speakers of the Alcatel Idol 4s. BB literally made the exact same phone as Alcatel. Wow. I like it though

    • Dustin

      Nvm, I see now that’s it’s just a rebranded Alcatel idol 3 with updated internals and the front and rear speakers of the alcatel idol 4s. Oh how far BB has fallen

      • MisterSuperGod

        Does anyone know if this (rebranding) is a common practice in the cell phone industry?
        This is the first time i’ve seen this…

  • pekcle

    If this had a fingerprint sensor at the same price, I’d go for it. Without it, I’d only consider if it were in the $220 range.

  • S. Ali

    $299 and SD617 when MetroPCS will have the ZMax Pro for $99 and a fingerprint scanner.

    • Bklynman

      Let not forget Chinese spy wear!!!

  • Irfan

    ALcatel phone in the shape of BB , wow BB even can’t make or design … what a loser company , they need Better CEO .

  • AS118

    That’s not enough. They need 32gb storage minimum.

  • Gary Martin

    I keep hearing some people say that this device is based on an Idol 3 because of the camera position. If you go to Phone Arena you can compare the hardware side by side the phone is a Idol 4 with a hardened OS utilizing Blackberry software. This phone is an affordable secure communication handset. This phone is not targeted to the prepaid market, it is for entrepreneurs/small business owners and workforce devices.

    • Homero Garza

      What’s alcatel have to do with bb

      • Bklynman

        Nothing,people just like to hate on BB,but funny no one hated on Apple,when they came out with the Iphone,and of course,Apple came up with the idea of smart phone all by themselves,didn’t copy a thing from BB,Nokia,etc. Yea right,if you believe that I have bridge for sale in Brooklyn.

      • Gary Martin

        They were the ODM for Blackberry on this phone.