#CyberFLASH: BlackBerry launches cheaper Android smartphone

blackberry-dtek502.jpg.size.custom.crop.650x650Blackberry is a launching a new smartphone, the DTEK50, which it is billing as the world’s most secure Android phone.

A full touchscreen device, the DTEK50 runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 and promises to use BlackBerry’s expertise to allow users more control over security and privacy of their phones.

“We take our customers’ privacy seriously,” said Ralph Pini, BlackBerry’s chief operating officer, in a statement. “DTEK50 merges the unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for with the rich Android ecosystem.”

The DTEK50, which is priced at $429, comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display, a micro-SD card slot that supports up to 2TB of added storage, a 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP on the front.

The name DTEK comes from an app that made it debut on the Priv, which allows users more control over what happens with the phone’s apps, with a security and privacy focus. There is a programmable key, a physical button on the device — a throwback to older products — which users can assign a function to, (for example, turning on the phone’s flash to use as a flashlight).

In terms of security, BlackBerry is pitching a full service ecosystem that starts with the company hardening the Android kernel (the basis of the phone’s software), rapid security patches for new malicious threats and a secure boot process that ensures your phone has not been tampered with since the last restart.

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