The latest BlackBerry branded smartphone was announced at the Mobile World Congress in February 2017. This was the BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone. The phone has been built by TCL, who now have the rights to build phones branded as BlackBerry. The device comes with many features that remind you of the classic BlackBerry. KeyOne has, after three months of its launch, finally gone on sale in the US markets!
What is really unique about this phone is its design. The BlackBerry KeyOne comes out into the markets with a physical keyboard! A physical keyboard in the year 2017! Yes, its true. The phone goes on sale starting today, and is available online on Amazon. Those looking to buy it offline can grab it from Best Buy at a price of $549.99. The phone comes out optimized for GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a CDMA variant optimized for Verizon network support.
BlackBerry KeyOne comes out into the markets with a 4.5 inched touch display, as well as a physical keyboard. It is a scratch resistant display protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The keyboard is a ‘smart’ keyboard which supports up to 52 shortcuts. The keyboard can also doubly up as a trackpad for faster navigation. It comes with the world’s first keyboard-embedded fingerprint sensor.
The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat OS, and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor. The processor is aided by a 3GB RAM along with a 32GB storage. The phone is powered by a 3505mAh battery. BlackBerry also states in their press release that: The BlackBerry KEYone comes pre-loaded with DTEK™ by BlackBerry, offering constant security monitoring and protection of your operating system and apps by letting you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it. The physical keyboard plus the supreme security. The BlackBerry KeyOne is your perfect BlackBerry smartphone.