BlackBerry has officially unveiled it’s latest and probably the last BlackBerry designed Android smartphone dubbed the BlackBerry KeyOne at it’s pre-MWC event in Barcelona. The handset has been manufactured by BlackBerry’s licensing partner TCL, but the design is from BlacBerry. The device was earlier rumoured as codename ‘Mercury’.
Apart from being a last BlackBerry design smartphone, it might be the last BB phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry KeyOne features a 4.5-inch touch IPS LCD (3:2 resolution / full-HD: 1080×1620 pixels) along with BlackBerry’s signature full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is backlit and supports swipe gestures that lets the keyboard act as a trackpad.
The BlackBerry KeyOne ships with Google’s latest Android 7.1 Nougat and company’s secure DTEK app as seen on DTEK 50 and DTEK 60. With DTEK security on top of Google’s Android security mechanism, BlacKBerry new wants to assure buyers or let say targeted business/ enterprise consumers that everything in this new BlackBerry is secure and protected end-to-end. The company on stage announced that it will ship monthly security patch for KeyOne for enhanced security, just like Google devices.
Inside the BlackBerry KeyOne packs an octa-core Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2GHz and 3GB of RAM. The internal storage is 32GB which can be expanded via microSD card up to 2TB. The primary camera on BlackBerry KeyOne is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 sensor with f/2.0 aperture and is capable of shooting 4K videos. The front camera is an 8-megapixel f/2.2 perture sesnor.
The KeyOne packs the biggest battery ever in a BlackBerry device rated at 3505mAh (non-removable) and it also features the ‘Boost fast charge’ on top of Quick Charge 3.0, which essentially charges the phone in battery saving mode when the device is low on charge and needs quick power. All this come in a size of 149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4mm and weighs 180 grams.
The BlackBerry KeyOne will start rolling out from early April. The company has announced pricing for the United States, where it will come for $549 (roughly Rs. 36,500). In Europe and UK, the smartphone will be priced at 599 Euros and 499 GBP respectively. Other region pricing and availability will be announced close to launch.