New security-focused Android phone from BlackBerry announced

BlackBerry DTEK50The BlackBerry DTEK50 has arrived, bringing with it the promise to provide users with better protection than any other Android-based smartphone on the market at the moment.

BlackBerry may be much less influential than it was a decade ago, but the Canadian company has clung onto the hardware market, most recently with the launch of the Priv last year. And its focus on security and privacy in a far more paranoid world may pay dividends in the long term.

A 5.2 inch screen, octa core processor and healthy 3GB slab of RAM are all present in the DTEK50. It also has a sizeable 2610mAh battery and expandable storage for added flexibility.

This model is expected to be cheaper than the Priv, in part as a result of the fact that it lacks a physical keyboard of any kind. This makes it far more closely related to the majority of other modern smartphones, shrugging off BlackBerry’s reliance on its enterprise-oriented roots.

BlackBerry is not out of the woods in terms of commercial viability quite yet, but the security features of this new handset could be enough to sway more users over to its side of the fence.