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Have you heard about Blackberry’s latest Android-powered smartphone which is officially named the Blackberry KEYone?
Okay, if you have heard about it, you might not really know much and that’s why I am here.
MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 recently held in Barcelona featured one of the top smartphone manufacturers; Blackberry and their new Android 7.1 powered KEYone.
Make yourself comfortable while I uncover all the unique features of the BB KEYone.
Physical Touch Sensitive Qwerty Keyboard
One of those business/enterprise-like features Blackberry likes incorporating into their smartphones is a physical keyboard. Like the Blackberry Passport, the KeyOne also has a touch-sensitive qwerty keyboard.
You don’t just get a keyboard but a featured packed Keyboard. The Blackberry KEYone keyboard supports
- Fingerprint recognition via the Spacebar.
- The keys act or have a touchscreen feel.
- You can perform gestures on the keyboard and also use it as shortcuts to launch apps and contacts like hitting “U” for Uber, “G” for Gmail, “B” for Browser and many others that you could customize yourself.
- Responds to touch gestures like a trackpad, to quickly scroll through web pages or emails.
Maybe the KeyOne is mainly pointed at the keyboard. Although most people may not like the physical keyboard which occupies the space that might have been used to increase the screen size, the BB KeyOne is going to be very user-friendly.
To keep everything fresh and modern, Blackberry packed the device with Android’s latest Nougat 7.0 OS. The features nougat has to offer plus Blackberry’s unique features makes the KeyOne a real deal.
The device is preloaded with Google’s default apps plus Blackberry apps like Blackberry Hub, DTEK etc.
Security in smartphones has always made Blackberry the choice for many businessmen and women, security personnel, presidents and other security conscious individuals.
Like the Blackberry DTEK50, KEYONE uses both hardware encryption and software security to offer a world-class mobile security solution.
According to TCL, the KEYone is the world’s most secured smartphone.
Apart from the internal security, there is a fingerprint sensor on the spacebar. I don’t know how comfortable the position is, it’s up to you.
The Blackberry KEYone has a 12MP / 8 MP camera, has an internal storage of 32GB which can be increased to 2 terabytes via the hot-swappable Micro SD card slot.
The KEYONE is powered by a nonremovable 3505 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. According to Blackberry, the KEYone has the biggest battery any Blackberry has ever had which means plenty of power and uptime.
The KEYone isn’t just fanciful, but sturdy. The phone’s body is has a strong aluminum frame while the display is resistant to impact/pressure.
On the side of the smartphone is a “convenience key” for taking camera shots, muting calls or performing other preset functions. Although getting used to the physical keyboard in this era of basically touchscreen smartphones might be an issue. But getting used to the KeyOne won’t be so hard for old or die-hard Blackberry fans.
BLACKBERRY KEYone Price
With a Snapdragon 625 CPU underneath it, the BlackBerry KEYOne will cost £499 SIM-free.
- In the US, it’ll go for $549
- In Nigeria, it will cost
- In India, it will cost Rs, 36,584
BLACKBERRY KEYone FULL SPECIFICATIONS
|Status||Announced February 2017
Coming soon. Expected release 2017, April
|Dimensions||Height 149.3 mm / 5.8 in
Width 72.5 mm / 2.8 in
Depth 9.4 mm / 0.37 in
|Physical Keyboard Qwerty with touch sensitivity
180g / 6.34 oz
|Dedicated Keys||Volume Up/Down, Lock (for Power On/Off) Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key (usable as Mute Key when on an active call or to open the camera)|
|Type||IPS capacitive LCD touchscreen with 16,000,000 colors|
|4.5 inches (~55.6% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 1620 pixels (~433 ppi pixel density)
Scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass 4
Memory And OS
|Card slot||Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD
memory card (Up to 2TB)
|OS||Android 7.1 (Nougat) OS|
|Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
64-bit Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU
|Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|Audio port||3.5mm jack|
|WIFI||802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
802.11 a/n 5GHz
802.11 ac 5GHz
4G Mobile Hotspot
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR|
|GPS||Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS
Support for User Plane and Control Plane
Pre-loaded Google Maps
|USB Type C, USB 3.1
|Primary||12MP Sony IMX378 Sensor auto-focus large 1.55μm pixels
4K video recording at 30 fps
Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock
HDR 6-element f2.0 lens
Dual Tone LED Flash – Enhanced photo color balance
4x digital zoom
Continuous & touch to focus, face detection, electric image stabilization
Panorama, Burst, Live Filters
Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement
|Secondary||8MP Fixed-Focus, f2.2
1.125um pixel size
84˚ wide angle/field of view lens
Image & video stabilisation
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
Light-up LCD Flash
Wide Selfie Mode (also known as Selfie Panorama)
Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement
|Capacity||3505 mAh (typical) 4.4V non-removable Lithium-Ion battery with QuickCharge 3.0
Enabled 50% charge in 36 minutes
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Magnetometer, Ambient Light, Hall Effect|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
Google TalkBack screen reader for audible output
Face-to-face video chat with Google Hangouts
Google Now voice assistance to answer questions and perform actions
Scalable fonts and magnification to zoom in or zoom out
Closed Captioning support
High contrast text, color inversion, and color correction
Certain models rated for use with hearing aids
|Miscellaneous||– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– FM Radio
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Image viewer and editor
– Document viewer and editor
– Preloaded applications –BlackBerry® Keyboard, BlackBerry® Hub, BlackBerry® Calendar, Contacts by BlackBerry®, Notes by BlackBerry®, Tasks by BlackBerry®, BBM®, DTEK™ by BlackBerry®, BlackBerry® Device Search, BlackBerry® Launcher, BlackBerry® Services, BlackBerry® Help, BlackBerry® Password Keeper, BlackBerry® Content Transfer, BlackBerry® Productivity Edge, BlackBerry® ToolboxGmail™, Hangouts™, Google Chrome™, Google Drive™, Google Maps™, YouTube®, Google Play™, Google Photos, Messenger (SMS), Android Device Manager