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ever give up’ – is an adage that Black­Berry has taken se­ri­ously. Af­ter a long strug­gle, try­ing its luck with BB OS 10, and fi­nally em­brac­ing An­droid OS, Black­Berry has now launched DTEK 50. This mid-seg­ment smart­phone fol­lows the launch of the flag­ship Priv last year. Will Black­Berry be able to win back its loyal cus­tomers?

Un­like the Priv, the DTEK 50 is an all-touch de­vice with a 5.2inch full HD dis­play dom­i­nat­ing the front. The com­pany claims to have used a scratch re­sis­tant glass with oleo­pho­bic coat­ing. The power key sits on the left edge, while the con­ve­nience key, along with the vol­ume keys and the SIM tray, are on the right edge; the 3.5-mm jack rests at the top. The cam­era mod­ule and the lens are on the top left of the rear. The DTEK 50 is sleek and light – 7.4-mm thick­ness, weigh­ing 135 gm. I was able to con­ve­niently op­er­ate this smart­phone with one hand, but while typ­ing long mes­sages and emails, I had to use both my hands. The con­ve­nience key on the right is cus­tomis­able – use it to speed dial, turn on the flash­light or open an app. It can be con­fused with the power key, due to its place­ment.

Black­Berry aims to of­fer the best of both worlds – a pure An­droid UI with a Black­Berry layer on top. The much ap­pre­ci­ated Black­Berry Hub brings com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­com­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions un­der one hood – in­clud­ing emails, mes­sages, What­sApp, etc. One can mul­ti­task with ease just like on the BB 10 OS. It is a no-non­sense de­vice that can launch mul­ti­ple apps at the same time. It is pow­ered by Qual­comm Snap­dragon 617 octa-core pro­ces­sor, and is paired with 3 GB of RAM. Its 16-GB in­ter­nal stor­age is ex­pand­able by up to 2 TB.

Over the past cou­ple of years, Black­Berry has im­proved its cam­era op­tics sig­nif­i­cantly. It may not com­pare with Xiaomi Mi 5 and OnePlus 3, but the images cap­tured with its 13-MP rear cam­era are im­pres­sive. While Black­Berry has adopted the An­droid ecosys­tem – prone to se­cu­rity threats – it hasn’t com­pro­mised on the se­cu­rity as­pect. The DTEK app keeps a close watch on all the apps in use and the in­for­ma­tion they ac­cess. One can re­view the per­mis­sions that apps are seek­ing within the DTEK app.

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