BlackBerry’s last ‘qwerty’ keyboard smartphone KEYone was officially launched last weekend at the biggest mobile trade show, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Canadian company though announced the price and availability of the new BlackBerry KEYone in the US, UK and Europe, there was no mention about the smartphone’s release in the emerging market.
However, an Indian online e-retail website OnlyMobiles.com had recently listed the pricing of the latest physical keyboard smartphone. As per the listing the BlackBerry ‘KEYone’ smartphone is priced at Rs. 39,999 with EMI option availability. The listing also cited the specifications and a 12 months BlackBerry warranty for the KEYone Black colour model. The site also listed of what is packed inside the box that includes- a pair of headphone, USB Type-C port, power brick and a user manual. Although the listing revealed the price, there was no mention on the availability of the KEYone device.
The KEYone being the last smartphone to be designed and engineered ‘in-house ’by BlackBerry, the Canadian multi-tech company touted about the latest iteration’s ‘Smart Keyboard’. The keyboard comes with a fingerprint sensor on the spacebar and a capacitive touch on the entire keyboard as well that will allow the user for smooth scrolling. As for the specification, the KEYone features an aluminum body. It sports a 4.5-inch full-HD (1620×1080 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 433ppi and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2GHz, coupled with an Adreno 506 GPU. The KEYone packs 3GB of RAM paired with 32GB inbuilt storage which is further expandable up to 2TB via microSD card. Under the hood, the smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat. It has a battery backup of 3505 mAh and comes along with QuickCharge 3.0 and ‘Boost’ charging feature. In terms of imaging, the KEYone brings a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor and an 8-megapixel front facing sensor with a wide-angle lens and a flash module. Connectivity options include- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a USB Type-C port. The KEYone is 9.4 mm thick and weighs 180 grams.
BlackBerry, last year in September, announced that they will no longer design or produce smartphones. The company has licensed the designing and manufacturing of its future smartphones to the Chinese electronics company TCL.