Many were skeptical when BlackBerry announced that it would cease to manufacture hardware for their phones. Instead of this, their partners will do the heavy lifting when it comes to building smartphones. This gives BlackBerry time to focus on improving their already amazing software and numerous security and business features.
The first flagship phone in the new wave of BlackBerry products is the DTEK50 and it shows us a lack of a physical keyboard, but more unseen features than ever before.
Manufactured by TCL, the DTEK50 has a lot to offer in terms of all-around performance and is predicted to make a good splash. Let’s take a look at how the BlackBerry DTEK50 looks, feels and performs, shall we?
We were kind of surprised to encounter such a design. It’s not necessarily bad, but it’s a shame that a once unique brand like BlackBerry chose to forego its classic features and aesthetic for a more common Android look. Despite such a decision, the TLC manufactures flagship device has a strange mix of glass sides and a hard and grainy plastic back panel.
When it comes to overall appearance, we would say that it’s solid but nothing more. It was clear right from the start that the DTEK50 wasn’t meant to be an eye-pleaser. The conclusion is that it’s more of an efficient flagship for all types of business endeavors, with little emphasis on personal use.
What may confuse some is the weird, upper left placement of the power button. Even though the device is Android powered, it’s still unclear why BlackBerry decided to implement such a change.
It definitely takes some time getting used to, but it’s nothing too alarming or negative. What most found amazing is the incredible reduction in weight. At only 135 grams, the BlackBerry DTEK50 is one of the lightest devices on the market.
The thing most people had against BlackBerry was their habit of producing phones with subpar specs at premium prices. They listened to this complaint carefully and chose to alter their modus operandi when it comes to hardware.
Not underwhelming anymore, BlackBerry was quite generous with some additions to the DTEK50. A good decision to reduce pricing was to introduce the Snapdragon 617, an older but much steadier processor than many state of the art ones. It’s a known solid octa-core with integrated Adreno 405 graphics. An unorthodox, but good choice.
Next, we are being struck with a somewhat generous 3 GB of RAM, which provides an excellent basis for gaming, transactions and everything Android has to offer. A downside may be that there exists only a version with 16 GB of internal storage, which has proven to be insufficient in many cases.
Another strange thing is that the micro-SD slot is open for memory cards of up to 2 TB of storage. This is a big question mark because it is still unclear whether micro-SD cards will have such an option when it comes to storage size. If they appear, this gamble by BlackBerry will surely have paid off.
The camera department is solid, with an above average fixed-focus 8-megapixel one in the front and a 13-megapixel one in the back. Not only are they solid for any kind of video or picture, but they will also appear in maximum quality as the screen is a 5.2-inches of full HD wonder.
Many people have discredited the DTEK50 when it comes to comparing it to other modern phones. It may not be of the same quality, but BlackBerry aiming at something else with this flagship device. It’s more of an initiative to restructure their struggling company and adapt to the ever-changing market.
They’ve changed much of the flaws in their phones and the DTEK50 is living proof about their urge to improve and evolve, all while adding new ideas.
The software is generally solid, along with an improvement in specs. With the 3 GB of RAM and a quality process, BlackBerry might just have improved on their biggest issue ever – durability.
They still have a long way to go and even if this device isn’t a stellar game changer, it’s an excellent indicator of BlackBerry’s initiative and direction in which they’re heading.