Blackberry did try to make a comeback, on many occasions. Blackberry is one of those brands that will never be forgotten, thanks to its contribution to the world of communication. The BlackBerry DTEK50 is another one of those comebacks experiments, but instead of the typical QWERTY Blackberry flavor, the device comes with a touch screen from factor, and a host of on-board security features. It will also remain etched forever as a brand that missed the big wave of Android smart phones.
Blackberry does not perform in our tests as expected, especially handling day-to-day smart phone tasks. The Blackberry DTEK50, as a package, is a good one. At Rs 21,990, the Blackberry DTEK50 is a direct competitor to another device that can be deems as a mid-range performance smart phone, the Lenovo Z2 Plus. Nevertheless, the price tag that it has, we had expected more from it.
BlackBerry DTEK50 Full Features
The display is slightly oversaturated, but not too much that it is distracting. The Blackberry DTEK50 comes with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, which supports a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. For a device priced in the mid-range segment, these display specifications are quite standard. The minimum display brightness can also be drops down to a very low and comfortable level to read eBooks or long-form articles in bed at night, with all the lights turned off.
In our real world usage tests, we found that the Blackberry DTEK50’s screen has a good brightness rating, as it is very bright even under the harshest of sunlit days. The automatic brightness adjustment is inconsistent in setting up brightness according to ambient light. The automatic brightness adjustment kept the display at higher levels of brightness, causing a bit of discomfort to our eyes. Rating: 7.1/10
2. Design & Build
The Blackberry DTEK50, unlike its bigger and more expensive sibling, DTEK60, does not have a full metal and glass construction. There is nothing out of the world about it though – it is just very simple and has the basics right. Instead, it has a metal frame wrapped around the body, with curved edges, and rubberized plastic elsewhere. If you look at the ergonomics of the device, you will see that the Blackberry DTEK50 fit very snugly in one’s palms, as the bezels around the 5.2-inch display are not too thick. With a weight of 135 grams, the device does not have a heavy feel either. Blackberry has added what it calls the ‘Convenience Key’, right where one would expect the power button placement. Blackberry also does not mention the kind of protection it leads to the device in terms of glass overlay – it does not mention if it is a Corning Gorilla Glass or any other standard of display protection, and only says ‘Scratch Resistant’ in the product brochures. Metal unibody design would have added to the premium factor that is to be expected in this range, but the Blackberry DTEK50 does offer a rather niche sort of premium factor. Rating: 7.3/10
The low storage space is not the only problem that we faced with the Blackberry DTEK50. This is one area where we were very disappointed with the Blackberry DTEK50. The Blackberry gets a 3 GB RAM unit, but for internal storage, it gets only 16 GB. In terms of specifications, the Blackberry DETK50 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core chipset, which is somewhat dated these days, coupled with an Adreno 405 GPU. The Blackberry DTEK50 managed to run multiple apps, but tended to slow down very frequently. However, the quality of graphics rendering and reproduction was not as great as we have seen on some mid-range phones. Rating: 4.9/10
4. Software & UI
It achieves this by adding a custom secure boot loader on top of the Android 6.0.1 operating system. The Blackberry DTEK50 app monitors and fixes privacy violations, by keeping a tab on app permissions and app behavior. Unlike many interfaces, especially the UI overlays by Chinese manufactures, the Blackberry DTEK50 retains the app drawers and the look and feel of raw Android.
This security blanket does not get in the way of the phone’s interface, which is almost completely stock Android. It keeps most of your social media accounts, emails, and calendar alerts in one place. Amidst all the software, that one does not need on the Blackberry DTEK50 is the inclusion of BBM, the Blackberry Messenger. Most of our friends, who did use BBM up to point, had stopped using it after WhatsApp had become very efficient. Rating: 6.7/10
5. Primary Camera
In controlled camera quality test, we were quite happy with the Blackberry DTEK50’s performance in bright lights. The Blackberry DTEK50 comes with a 13 Megapixel primary camera, which is equipped with PDAF for autofocus duties and a dual-tone dual-LED flash unit for darker times. The moment it fires up, it also starts up an auto mode that actually looks like the manual mode by default, wherein you have control over the exposure bias. The camera came out looking good by producing pictures that had good center sharpness as well as edge sharpness. The colour reproduction was quite good, with the reds being only slightly over saturate. Rating: 6.9/10
6. Secondary Camera
It actually, same LED notification light that doubles up in intensity and its role to illuminate the selfies. The selfie duties on the Blackberry DTEK50 are undertakes by an 8 Megapixel, fixed focus unit, which is accompanist by a soft-LED flash. The selfie camera has a wide 84-degree field of view, and offers the selfie panorama mode. The colour reproduction is good in both situations; however, in low light the front camera loses a lot of detail. We were quite happy with the selfies that we took on the Blackberry DTEK50, in both well-lit and poorly lit conditions. Rating: 6.6/10
The Blackberry DTEK50, from that perspective, carries a slightly deficient battery, which is rate at 2610 mAh. In mid-range price segment, where the Blackberry DTEK50 has been position, the standard battery size is 3000 mAh. The Blackberry is one of those devices, which do not make the best of what is available. In our regular battery test, where we would charge the device up to a 100% and unplug it at 10am, we would need to charge the device back again by 11pm. If you use the Blackberry DTEK50 as your secondary phone, it can easily last long into the second day as well. In short, the battery would last a little less than a full day. Rating: 5.8/10
8. Call Quality
The loudspeaker too is quite good, both for phone calls and for listening to music. The Blackberry DTEK50 offers a good audio experience for its price. The microphones also work well and noise cancellation is very efficient too. The call quality is very good as the earpiece is loud, crisp, and very clearly audible under all circumstances. In outdoor situations though, the microphone did pick up a fair bit of noise and noise cancellation did not seem as effective, as told by our call recipients. Rating: 7.8/10
The BlackBerry DTEK50 costs. Rupees 21,990.
BlackBerry DTEK50 Full Specifications
|Operating System||Android 6.1 (Marshmallow)|
|Resolution||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Size (in inches)||5.2 inches|
|Touch screen type||Capacitive touch|
|Pixel Density||424 pixels per inch (ppi)|
|Rear Camera||13 Mega Pixel|
|Front Camera||8 Mega Pixel|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|SIM Configuration||Dual SIMS|
|OEM||Qualcomm, 1.2 GHz octa-core|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
All over Ratings: 67.3/100