The BlackBerry DTEK50 has launched in South Africa and is available through MTN for R6,899, or from R299 per month on contract.
Vodacom will also carry the device from this month. The network’s pricing is yet to be announced.
New contract deals for Vodacom subscribers are expected to be launched on 7 November.
Cell C and Telkom have not yet confirmed whether they will offer the DTEK50.
BlackBerry said the DTEK50 will only be sold through its carrier partners initially, but it is looking at opening it up to more sales channels.
On MTN, the DTEK50 will be priced as follows:
- Cash price: R6,899
- My MTNChoice 50: R299 per month
- MTN AnyTime TopUp 100: R299 per month
- My MTNChoice Flexi R200: R349 per month
Most secure Android phone in the world
Named after BlackBerry’s DTEK security system that the company incorporated into its first Android phone, the PRIV, BlackBerry bills the DTEK50 as the world’s most secure Android smartphone.
BlackBerry says the hardware root of trust, a better secure bootloader, and its DTEK app offers its smartphone the best security of any Android smartphone on the market.
The specifications of the BlackBerry DTEK50 are summarised in the table below.
|Dimensions||147 x 72 x 7.4 mm|
|Operating system||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Display||5.2″ 1080p (1,080 x 1,920)|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617|
|Cellular data||FD-LTE, HSPA+|
|SIM type||Nano SIM|