There was once a time when BlackBerry phones were a thing of desire, not everyone used a BlackBerry and those who did were doing some serious work out there, that’s what I always thought growing up. Seeing the BB phones in the hands of the people I always thought of getting one when I would have the chance, but that was not to happen as the iPhone happened and everything in the mobile world changed.
BlackBerry is no longer a big player in the smartphone world, the company tried doing its own OS with the launch of smartphones running BB10 OS, but alas that did not work. So BlackBerry decided to jump on board the Android ship and launched BlackBerry Priv, which came with a physical keypad and followed it up with DTEK60 and DTEK50. Though the phones could not turn around the fortunes of the company, BlackBerry has not totally lost hope of turning things around.
The company yesterday at the MWC 2017 did the launch of its fourth Android-based phone, BlackBerry KEYone. This is the same phone which BlackBerry showcased at the CES 2017 event under the codename of Mercury. With the launch of BB KEYone, the company is looking to get back into the game and is trying hard to put its best foot forward.
BlackBerry phones were always known for their awesome keyboards and security features and the company knows it well. With the BlackBerry KEYone, the company is putting all that into the hands of the customers. The phone comes with the famed physical BlackBerry keyboard which can be used as a trackpad as well. One more interesting thing which BlackBerry did with the KEYone keyboard is that the space bar doubles up as a fingerprint sensor for unlocking your device.
Coming to the specs of the new BlackBerry KEYone the phone comes with a 4.5”IPS LCD touchscreen and 1620x1080p resolution. The screen of the new BlackBerry phone uses Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The phone runs an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The phone comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with support for external microSD card up to 256GB. The phone will be running Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box and will be available from April this year, the phone is priced at $549.
BlackBerry has put a 3505mAh battery in the KEYone, it is the biggest battery ever in any BlackBerry phone. The phone also support Fast Battery charging with Quick Charge 3.0, you can get 50% battery charge with 36 minutes of charging. There is an 8MP camera on the front for selfies and video calling, while on the back there is a 12MP camera with PDAF, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The rear camera module used on the phone is the same which is being used by Google Pixel devices and considering how good that has been in reviews this is a good move by BlackBerry.
A new website www.blackberrymobile.com was also launched yesterday, where users can register and know when the phone is launched in their country. Here is the detailed spec sheet of the new BlackBerry KEYone for a quick look.
|Processor||Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625|
|OS||Android Nougat 7.1|
|Storage||32GB with microSD card up to 256GB|
|Camera Rear||12MP, PDAF, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Battery||3503mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 supported|
|Size||149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity & compass|