Another android based handset launched by BlackBerry with a broad app catalogue for security and productivity features. The phone was launched at a very lower price of Rs. 20,000.

The faded smartphone pioneer is wishing the DTEK50 will sell in greater numbers than the Priv, its first phone using the Android operating system, which Chief Executive has said suffered because of its high price.

BlackBerry said the 5.2-inch touchscreen-only DTEK50 is available from Tuesday for pre-order from BlackBerry’s online shop in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands for $299. It plans to begin shipping the device from August 8.

Stating the DTEK50 “the world’s most secure Android smartphone,” BlackBerry said it will alert users if someone is making remote use of its camera or microphone, or accessing the phone’s location information.BlackBerry did not announce any distribution deals with major US carriers, with initial US sales instead expected to come mostly via Best Buy, Amazon and BlackBerry’s own online store.

BlackBerry analyzed sales of roughly 500,000 devices in the three months to the end of May.

Once a dominant force in smartphones, BlackBerry now holds just a sliver of the global smartphone market. Earlier this month it said it would cease production of its Classic handset, which uses its own BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Chen, Chief Executive of the company, last month expressed confidence the company’s trimmed-down handset business can turn a profit by a self-imposed September deadline, even as some analysts urge the company to ditch the unit.
A third Android device is expected from BlackBerry in the coming months.

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