With the release of their newest Android-powered smartphone the DTEK50, BlackBerryconfirmed today that they would be launching more of these Android devices later this year (as previously hinted).
In the Q&A session held after the launch of the DTEK50, the company stated that they would be releasing “a couple” more of these Android-powered smartphones. Though the company did not specify the exact number of smartphones they plan on releasing, they did confirm that one of them would have a physical keyboard rather than a slider. This would combine the look of the BlackBerry Classic with the Android OS.
The company has also not given an exact time frame or date as to when we can expect these new releases, but seeing as the holiday season is fast approaching, we may be seeing these new smartphones very soon.
The DTEK50 is BlackBerry’s latest Android offering and may usher in more optimistic sales for their future Android-powered devices. Though its predecessor, the BlackBerry PRIV fell short of expectations in terms of sales, many are hopeful that the DTEK50 will do better. For starters, it’s not as high-priced as the BlackBerry PRIV, retailing at just $299. It also comes with pretty decent specs, including a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core, a 2610 mAh 4.4V non-removable Lithium Ion battery, and 3GB RAM with 16 GB Flash storage that’s expandable to 2TB.
The phone also features a 13 megapixel auto-focus camera at the back and an 8 megapixel fixed-focus camera in the front. It is said to be BlackBerry’s “thinnest phone ever” at just 7.4 mm, and apparently is also the most secure. It’s fortified with a slew of security features, such as full disk encryption, built-in malware protection, backup and restore capability, and even OS and app monitoring. With the increasing number of cybercrimes being committed in recent years, these fortifications to security are definitely a step in the right direction for BlackBerry.
The Future of BlackBerry OS
With the DTEK50, BlackBerry has now launched a total of two Android-powered smartphones. And though they have confirmed plans of at least two more, they are adamant about keeping the BlackBerry OS. They’ve stated numerous times that the BlackBerry 10 will remain and will even receive a large update in the coming weeks. This is great news for those still using BlackBerry 10 devices, and signals the transition of BlackBerry to being a full-fledged software company.
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