BlackBerry unveiled an Android-based handset on Tuesday, a device that combines the Android software and app catalog with the company's security and productivity features at a lower price.
The company hopes the DTEK50 will sell in greater numbers than the Priv, its first phone using the Android operating system, which Chief Executive John Chen has said suffered because of its high price.
The touchscreen-only DTEK50 will cost $299 in the United States, Canada and across Europe.
At its November launch the Priv, cost $699 without a contract in the United States and C$899 without a contract in Canada. The company cut the price of the Priv in the United States and across Europe in April, while earlier this month it said it would cease production of its Classic handset, which uses its own BlackBerry 10 operating system.
DTEK50 measures just 7.4 mm thin, 147 mm long and 72.5 mm wide. And at 135 grams, it?s one of the lightest phones you?ll ever use.
It sports an HD 5.2-inch full HD (424 PPI) screen capable of displaying 16 million colors with 24-bit color depth.
Engineered to deliver great photos, DTEK50 lets you capture the perfect selfie with an 8MP front-facing camera with flash and the perfect moment with a 13MP auto-focus rear camera. It?s equipped with a range of settings like live color filters and manual controls.
The 8MP front camera sports a fixed-focus lens with an 84-degree field of view, automatic image and video stabilization, a specialized selfie flash, and a wide-angle/panoramic selfie mode. Rated at f-2.2, this camera can capture images at a pixel size of 1.125 um. It?s also capable of recording HD video at a resolution of up to 1080p at 30 frames per second.
The 13MP rear camera, meanwhile, features a 6-element, auto-focus f2.0 lens with 4x digital zoom. It is BlackBerry?s fastest-performing camera to date. In addition to PDAF and its dual toned LED flash, it makes use of automatic face detection, can toggle between continuous focus and touch-to-focus, and offers a range of live filters that can be applied to your photos. Like the selfie cam, it can also record 30 frames-per-second HD video at up to 1080p.
In addition to its screen and top-notch cameras, it houses a 2610 mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, 16 GB onboard storage with support for up to 2 TB via the micro SD slot, and a QC 8952 Octa-Core processor.
Its screen is comprised of scratch-resistant glass, and its textured shell can resist any minor bumps and scrapes you put it through.