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BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

The BlackBerry DTEK50 is the least BlackBerry-ish BlackBerry yet: No BlackBerry keyboard, no BlackBerry operating system and it wasn't even designed by BlackBerry to begin with. (It's basically an Alcatel Idol 4.)

So we added some actual blackberries to make this photo more palatable.

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The only physical difference between the DTEK50 and that Alcatel phone is the BlackBerry has this tacky, grippy plastic back cover instead of a smooth glass one.

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Admittedly, it does look more at home in a conference room than the Alcatel might've.

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But let's get down to business. The fact the DTEK50 is basically a standard Android phone doesn't mean it's bad...

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...it's thin and airy, and in the right light it's actually a little attractive.

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Here it is next to a Samsung Galaxy S7. Not bad, right?

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The shiny beveled metal edges positively gleam, and this programmable button (it launches any app of your choice) is pretty neat.

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This seam is a little unsightly, sure, but it's because there's a slot for the DTEK50's SIM card and microSD storage expansion (up to 2TB).

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The 5.2-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel IPS display is sufficient, and twin stereo speakers make for some decent Netflix viewing.

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I can't say it's got the best call quality, though. On T-Mobile, my partner always sounded a little muffled on the other end of the line.

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The camera's another sore point. It's a little slow to focus, and crummy at low-light shooting, even if daylight images are perfectly okay.

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Here's a closer look at that camera module -- an f/2 aperture for a 13-megapixel sensor.

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The stereo speakers also extend to the back of the phone, so music doesn't get muffled when you set it down.

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In case you're wondering, this phone still uses the standard microSD port for charging and not USB-C. You also won't find any wireless charging here.

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One last look at the BlackBerry DTEK50.

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