BlackBerry's swansong coming to SA

2016-10-28 16:38 - Kyle Venktess, Fin24
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BlackBerry DTEK50


Johannesburg - BlackBerry’s last smartphone, the DTEK50, is coming to South Africa after the company announced recently that it would stop making smartphones. 

The DTEK50 was touted by the phone-maker as “the most secure Android smartphone available in South Africa”.

BlackBerry South Africa is mum on the availability date of the device and is expected to make the announcement next week. 

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Earlier this year, the BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone was launched in South Africa with very little advertising of the device. 

Since the launch of BlackBerry’s first smartphones in the country - which South Africans bought into for “free internet” through BlackBerry’s BES and BIS service – the company became known for security around its devices.

According to the BlackBerry website, the DTEK50 features the Android operating system, a 5.2” scratch resistant display, 13 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel facing camera.

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The phone is further said to have “BlackBerry Security that protects the private details of your life from being hacked”.

“DTEK50 ensures that how you share the private details of your life - your location, your pictures, your texts - is your decision,” the website read.

“Not all smartphones are equally secure. With DTEK50, you have built in armour protecting your personal information,” it went continued.

BlackBerry South Africa has also not stated whether the slightly higher spec DTEK60, with 5.5 inch display and massive 21 megapixel camera, would be available in the country.

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