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BlackBerry unveils new $299 Android phone

By The Columbian
Published: July 27, 2016, 5:59pm

Washington – BlackBerry unveiled its latest smartphone, a touch-screen Android device aimed at mid-market users who value the Canadian company’s reputation for enhanced security.

The DTEK50 will cost $299 and is available for preorder in the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe, BlackBerry said in a statement Tuesday.

Chief Executive Officer John Chen has outsourced the manufacturing and some design of its smartphones as the company seeks ways to cut costs amid declining sales of the devices that were once its flagship product. BlackBerry’s device team now largely focuses on adding the company’s trademark security features to the Android operating system, which runs its latest phones.

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