The most-awaited BlackBerry KEYone has been launched in India at the price of Rs 39,990. The phone will be sold and distributed by Optiemus exclusively via Amazon starting August 8. The company has also partnered with American Express wherein customers will get extra points upon purchasing the phone using American Express cards. Additionally, Vodafone will offer 75GB of data for three months. To recall BlackBerry KEYone was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona earlier this year. TCL Communications is selling the device in the U.S. and Canada for $549.99
In terms of design, BlackBerry KEYone measures 9.4mm in thickness and weighs just little over 175g. It retains the traditional keyboard with some smart additions to it like contextual auto correction, word prediction, and a personalised engine that learns the way users type with the on-screen keyboard. As for navigation, users get a touch screen in addition to a touch sensitive keyboard. It offers a volume controller, power button, and customisable convenience key, which can be used as Mute Key when on an active call or to open the camera. It also features a fingerprint scanner hidden underneath the spacebar.
BlackBerry KEYone sports a 4.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD featuring an odd resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels, thanks to 3:2 aspect ratio. Furthermore, the screen comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection layered on top. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and offers many preloaded BlackBerry apps, i.e., Hub, BBM, DTEK, Device Search, and more. Internally, there is a Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Adreno 506 GPU for graphics
As far as photography is concerned, BlackBerry KEYone houses a 12-megapixel rear shooter that supports Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), dual-tone LED flash, 4x digital zoom, and 4K video recording at 30 frames per second (FPS). Up front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture, on-screen LCD flash, and Full HD video recording at 30fps. What is really interesting is that Blackberry has used a slightly larger than normal sensor for the primary camera, allowing it to have a 1.55 um pixel pitch. As of now, the HTC U11 primary camera has the largest pixel pitch on a modern smartphone camera (1.4 um) and is also highest rated by DxO Mark. It is possible that if Blackberry has optimized the hardware and software right, we may be looking at a new contender for the top spot with respect to mobile phone photography.
The dual-SIM BlackBerry KEYone features connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio, GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi, USB 3.1 Type-C port, and NFC for secure payments. It is also the first BlackBerry phone to offer dual SIM. The list of supported sensors includes an accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, and Hall Effect. The phone gets its power from a 3,505mAh battery under the hood with Quick Charge 3.0 support. The battery is claimed to charge up to 50% in 36 minutes.