Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

BlackBerry’s new secure Android phone is actually just a mid-range Alcatel

BlackBerry has announced its second Android handset, which it says is the most secure ever to run the operating system.

According to the Canadian firm, the new DTEK50 offers fastest delivery of security patches, as well as secure booting that ensures the device has not been tampered with since the last restart.

The £275 / $299 mid-ranger also offers the DTEK by BlackBerry app that is designed to let users know when their privacy is at risk.

Related: BlackBerry Priv review

The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location,” the company writes in a press release.

However, amid the impressive security features, is a very un-BlackBerry-like design. As Android Police points out, it appears the DTEK50 is a rebranded version of the Alcatel Idol 4.

Ask us anything: Join us on Weds, 27th July at 12:30pm BST for #AskTrustedLive

So, that means the handset isn’t built or designed by BlackBerry, but that the firm is using Alcatel as a manufacturing partner.

As for the phone itself, it has a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of built in storage.

There’s also a 2610mAh battery pack, but those snapping up the device from BlackBerry will also get a 12600mAh mobile battery pack.

The BlackBerry DTEK500 will ship on August 8.

Watch The Refresh: The latest tech gossip every week

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.