Pre-Order BlackBerry's New Android Phone

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BlackBerry today announced its second Android smartphone, the DTEK50.

A successor to the Priv, DTEK50 runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 on a secure platform, and is now available to pre-order.

An increase in mobile scams inspired BlackBerry to design a handset that encrypts users' information, including pictures, videos, and contacts. Malware protection and the ability to back up, wipe, or restore content is also built-in, and additional software provides control over which apps get access to personal information and device features.

Plus, BlackBerry promises security patches on the same day that Google delivers them, ensuring there is no lag time for DTEK50 owners.

"We take our customers' privacy seriously. That's why we're proud to have all the security and privacy functionality that's built in our newest Android smartphone," BlackBerry COO Ralph Pini said in a statement.

"DTEK50 merges the unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for with the rich Android ecosystem," he continued. "[It] adds to BlackBerry's lineup of secure smartphones, providing choices to our customers with different price points on both BlackBerry 10 and Android platforms."

BlackBerry's thinnest device yet, DTEK50 sports a 5.2-inch full HD display with scratch-resistant glass, support for microSD cards up to 2TB, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera and 13-megapixel rear shooter. It also includes Android for Work and Google Play for Work, as well as support for BB's Enterprise Mobility Management apps.

Available now to pre-order in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Netherlands, the $299 DTEK50 will hit Best Buy, B&H, and Amazon at a later date. Those who order the smartphone online through Aug. 8 will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack high-capacity portable charger (a $59.99 value).

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