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BlackBerry DTEK50 review

7.2/10 AVG.

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The BlackBerry DTEK50 currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 30 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Bright, crisp display
  • MicroSD support up to 2TB
  • Excellent security additions
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • QuickCharge 2.0 support

What's bad

  • Occasional delays in performance
  • Sealed battery
  • Tinny speakerphone

It’s no secret that BlackBerry doesn’t enjoy the success it once had. In their latest attempt to get back in the smartphone market, BlackBerry handed off device design to another company to freshen up their line-up. Touting the world’s most secure smartphone is quite a claim, but with security concerns out of the way, is the handset worth owning?

The reviews are rolling in and we’ve dug through them all to bring you this summary!

Reviews on the phone’s aluminum-lined design are positive. And with good reason--the phone’s shell is essentially a modified Alcatel Idol 4. The only complaints about the device was button placement. Many reviewers found the placement of the power button awkward.

Flipping around to the front of the phone, you’re greeted to a blank glass slate. Thin bezels help the keep the phone slim and trim and front-facing stereo speakers offer a boost to the media experience. Phonescoop noted, “[Audio] quality is good enough that you can probably skip using a Bluetooth speaker in small quarters.”

The 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display also received plenty of praise. Multiple reviewers pointed out how bright the screen was the excellent visibility in bright lighting. Phonescoop said, “The LCD panel offers excellent viewing angles. Text, images, icons, and web sites are sharp and free of pixelated edges. It's a fine display.” While 1080p might not cut it for VR usage, it’s more than enough for daily tasks when paired with the smaller display.

To keep your apps and games humming along, BlackBerry went with an eight-core Snapdragon 617 with 3GB of RAM. Overall performance is solid, even with gaming. Reviews noted that apps loaded quickly and multitasking wasn’t a problem. Some reviewers noted minor stuttering at random times. Pocket Lint described the experience, saying, “Most of the time the DTEK50 runs smoothly. However, at least once or twice during a single stint of use, the phone has paused or frozen for a couple of seconds before continuing with its tasks.”

BlackBerry kept changes to the Android 6.0 software to a minimum apart from a few privacy additions. Reviewers particularly loved their approach to widgets. They also enjoyed the DTEK app for auditing security tweaking app permissions on the phone. BlackBerry claims the phone will be the most secure smartphone in the world, thanks to monthly security updates and zero day patches.

One other addition caught reviewers by surprise--the BlackBerry keyboard app. Reviewers raved about the accuracy and customization options. If you’re a frequent texter or use your phone for email and writing, the keyboard might be worth a look.

Media junkies will find plenty to love about the phone. While it only offers 16GB of internal storage, the microSD slot lets you add up to 2TB of storage space.

The phone’s 2610mAh battery is sealed, so you can’t swap it out if you’re running low. However, support for Quick Charge 2.0 offers a half charge in just 30 minutes. Unfortunately, you must spend more to take advantage of this feature as BlackBerry does not include a QC2.0 charger with the phone. Little was mentioned on battery life in reviews--though no one mentioned any problems either.

While the DTEK50 won’t replace your DSLR, reviews on the 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing lens are decent. The rear camera features an f/2.0 lens and two-tone flash for greater color accuracy. The front-facing lens includes a flash for making the most of your selfies or late night Skype sessions. Phonescoop took the camera out in the city and said, “I'd say most people will be happy to use the DTEK50 for everyday photo and video needs. It can handle most ordinary shooting environments.”

Reviews on BlackBerry’s latest phone are good if not leaning toward blandly average. The only questionable issue is the price. Pocket Lint summed up opinions well, saying, “The only thing the BlackBerry DTEK50 really has going for it is the added security. And if protecting your information and keeping an eye on your phone's vulnerabilities is invaluable to you, then the less-than-perfect hardware is definitely a cross worth bearing.”

Operating system
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
13+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


It is a good device, but nowhere near the greatness that BlackBerry needs. And while it is affordable by BlackBerry standards, those standards still seem a trifle out of sync with ground reality, especially taking the new generation budget flagships into consideration.

- Nimish Dubey, TechPP

An affordable phone at around $400 (depending on vendor) with class-leading build quality, great software and connectivity, let down by a battery perhaps a bit small.

- Alex Dennis, Ausdroid

The BlackBerry DTEK 50 has a good display and very smooth overall performance, but lags behind the competition when it comes to the camera, battery life and built-in storage. It's just not the perfect smartphone to buy.

- Sameer Mitha, Digit
The Mobile Indian

The BlackBerry DTEK50 does not have anything special to offer apart from the security aspects. It might appeal to the business customers with the type of security the company is giving, but for a regular people, it is just another Android smartphone. And keeping the price point in mind, the smartpho...

- Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian
Fone Arena

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is a bit costly compared to other smartphones in the range. It has a good display, has several software features, including several security features from BlackBerry and the build quality is good, but it lacks a fingerprint sensor that is available in most phones in the range a...

- Srivatsan Sridhar, Fone Arena

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Common Questions

BlackBerry released the DTEK50 on August 8, 2016.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry DTEK50 user manual here.

BlackBerry backs up the DTEK50 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your DTEK50 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The BlackBerry DTEK50's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2610 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 1020 minutes, 404 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

BlackBerry DTEK50 Specs

Release date August 8, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/1800/2600/2300 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 0.83 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2610 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 480 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 404 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 24 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.7 x 7.2 x 0.7 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Scratch-resistant
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
13+ megapixels
4x digital
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
8+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Image stabilization, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, QCP, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Neon

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