How The BlackBerry DTEK50 Got Its Name


BlackBerry revealed its latest Android smartphone, the DTEK50, to the world on Tuesday. This phone is related to its ongoing efforts to position itself as a security company. The Canadian firm, which claims it offers the most secure Android smartphone in the world, has given a lot of thought in naming it the DTEK50.

Why it’s been named DTEK50?

Scott Wenger, BlackBerry’s Global Head of Design, told MobileSyrup in an interview, “It is a continuation of security story. We started that story with the Priv as it came with DTEK as an application. It’s really more than an application as it’s very deeply integrated, but people know it as an app… DTEK stands for detection and the application monitors and detects active security threats and acts as a detective and is a play on that. We expect to continue this story moving forward and is a bit of a shoutout to our history with the Z10, Z30, and now we have the DTEK50,” the executive stated.

According to Wenger, the DTEK50 name is a nod to those older BB10 phones.

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Further, Wenger says that when they look at security and all the work they have done to strengthen the Linux kernel and back up the claim as the “world’s most secure Android smartphone,” most of their customers never experience that security, other than through an “effect of confidence.” So the “DTEK has emerged as the face of security on our device and as humans we associate names with faces we chose to name this as DTEK50 after that security experience,” he added.

BlackBerry DTEK50 or Neon

Neon, as the phone was originally named, is the code-name of BlackBerry’s second Android-powered device. The Waterloo-based giant says the name prepares the smartphone maker for a fruitful future and brings back its heritage. TCL, the same Chinese manufacturer that makes Alcatel’s devices, manufactured the DTEK50. The DTEK50, in fact, looks quite similar to the Alcatel Idol 4 in terms of build.

BlackBerry’s second Android device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, and a 2610 mAh non-removable battery with built-in Quick Charge 2.0 functionality. As for the camera, the DTEK50 features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. With just 7.4 mm, it is BlackBerry’s thinnest device. Also, it has a textured back with a chrome bezel.

BlackBerry’s DTEK50, which will launch on August 8, is now available for preorder from at $299. In Canada, the DTEK50 can be preordered for C$429 unlocked.