BlackBerry KEYone Review

The first smartphone to not be manufactured by the Canadian company, the BlackBerry KEYone is an ambitious attempt to revive the brand name.

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BlackBerry KEYone

1 / 10

BlackBerry is one of the last of the Old Guard of the mobile phone world that has been struggling to make a knock-out come-back. BlackBerry had the DTEK 60 and the DTEK 50 which barely made a dent in the global conscience. The Priv was BlackBerry’s attempt at a hybrid smartphone with a physical keyboard, but that didn’t go very well. The BlackBerry KEYone is the company’s second attempt at a smartphone with a physical keyboard, aimed squarely at business and enterprise users. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and 4GB of RAM, the Indian version of the BlackBerry KEYone is special. For starters, this is an all-black smartphone, manufactured by Optiemus and it differs slightly in its finish from the models made by TCL for the international market. The screen also seems to be better reinforced with the Indian edition, as one problem with the internationally released models seemed to be that the screens kept popping off. We’ve spent a lot of time with the BlackBerry KEYone and you can go through our exhaustive findings in the review that follows.



  • Specifications7.9

  • Design & Build5.7

  • Call Quality7.8

  • Secondary Camera5.9

  • Software & UI7.5

  • Display6.3

  • Performance5.8

  • Primary Camera7.4

  • Battery Life8.1


BlackBerry is trying really hard to find its own identity in the modern age of the smartphone. The company built its popularity on the concept of a QWERTY keyboard on a phone and the level of security offered on the BlackBerry platform. The KEYone has both of those, but the real question is, do the features of the past work in the modern era of touchscreens? We weren’t happy about the lack of an on-screen keyboard, but given the form factor, it was probably a good ideal to leave it out as it would have covered too much area of the otherwise a relatively small screen. The BlackBerry KEYone is one of those devices that you will either love or just not want to use. The build quality is undeniably great, but the ergonomics just wont work for everyone. This is a device for two types of users; hardcore BlackBerry fans or those who just need a physical keyboard. If you don’t fall into one of those two camps, there are better choices out there for you.

BlackBerry KEYone
Key Features

  • Processor
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • RAM
  • On-board Storage
  • Sim Type
    Dual Sim (Nano/Hybrid)
  • VoLTE Enabled
  • Screen Type
  • Resolution
  • Pixel Density
  • Screen Size
    4.5 inch

BlackBerry KEYone Features & Specifications

2 / 10

BlackBerry KEYone Design & Build Review

3 / 10

BlackBerry KEYone Keyboard Review

4 / 10

BlackBerry KEYone Display Review

5 / 10

BlackBerry KEYone Performance Review

6 / 10

BlackBerry KEYone Primary Camera Review

7 / 10

BlackBerry KEYone Secondary Camera Review

8 / 10

BlackBerry KEYone Photo Gallery

9 / 10

BlackBerry KEYone Video Review

10 / 10