[2016-08-15] Blackberry DTEK50 Review: How Is the Blackberry DTEK50? Check the Specs & Hardware

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Is it worth buying?
What are Blackberry DTEK50 attractive?
BlackBerry has made concessions so that it was able to keep the cost of the cellphone down. Now, said concessions are very impressed and you will struggle to notice where they’ve been made; the Blackberry DTEK50 has a great display, great chassis, great camera and a bunch of awesome software features. But one area where you WILL feel the great feature is to do with overall processing grunt and this is down to Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 617 CPU.

BlackBerry has out-fitted the DTEK50 with 3GB of RAM in order to negate as many issues with performance as possible, and for the most part it works, the Blackberry DTEK50 performs pretty solidly, but, every once in a while you WILL encounter a performance foible where the handset simply pauses for a moment, as if to catch its breath. This “pause” tends to happen most when gaming or once the battery is low and you’re pushing it hard, running CPU/GPU intensive applications and/or content.

Individually, I think a lot of this can be sorted with software optimizations. The Blackberry DTEK50 will be receiving monthly updates, so it is likely BlackBerry will have something in the pipeline to ease this “pausing” issue. Also, the issue itself isn’t something that should dissuade you from considering this smartphone either, as it is something that only ever occurs when you’re pushing the phone outside its designed envelope of performance. For instance, I rarely play games on my phone, so in order to summon this gremlin I had to download a game — Dead Trigger 2 — to experience it. If you don’t play games, there’s a chance you won’t even encounter it.

Another concession has to do with storage: the BlackBerry DTEK50 comes with just 16GB of internal storage, which is rarely enough these days given the quality of images snapped and the intensive nature of applications. BlackBerry has countered this somewhat, however, by the inclusion of MicroSD (up to 2TB) that mercifully takes advantage of Google’s Adoptive Storage, which basically means you can run the card as native storage and install apps onto it. For me, this was a HUGE saving grace and yet another example of BlackBerry thinking itself around a problem that most OEMs would have simply ignored.
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