Introduced at CES event as “Mercury” the BlackBerry KEYone finally come to the light. The BlackBerry’s freshest device runs Android and offers a traditional QWERTY keyboard we all loved so much about BlackBerry phones. Let’s take a closer look what this smartphone brings new to the table.
BlackBerry releases another Android smartphone. Called BlackBerry KEYone the phone combines beautiful metal design with physical QWERTY keyboard.
At first sight the BlackBerry KEYone appears to be a premium device which it indeed is. Closed in an aluminum body with a soft touch back the phone speaks a really elegant design language with enhanced input delivered by physical QWERTY keyboard for highly convenient texting. However, the really premium body hides quite mediocre inside. Specs-wise, the KEYone is nothing more but a decent mid-ranger.
Driven by the Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with Adreno 605 GPU in charge of graphics and 3GB RAM the phone provides its potential users with smooth Android 7.1 Nougat performance and fast multitasking mode. Housing a pretty compact as for today’s standards 4.5-inch full HD display with 434ppi of pixel density, the handset offers 32GB of built-in storage supporting microSD expansion, USB Type-C port and a 3,505 mAh battery with fast charging that keeps its lights on. In the field of optics the phone offers a 12MP “Large Pixel” Sony-made camera we can find in the top-end Google’s Pixel.
The keyborad’s keys can be programmed so as to deliver a quick launch of chosen apps. In addition, the physical keyboard also serves the function of a touch pad and employees “Flick Typing” technology, allowing for predictive gesture-based texting.
As for the connectivity, here in the States sold unlocked the BlackBerry KEYone will work with AT&T and T-Mobile network. However, since it’s a GSM device it won’t be compatible with Verizon or Sprint. If you want to buy the phone prepare to spend $549, which sounds a bit too whopping price as for a phone whose specs aren’t even close to those from the last year’s flagships. The BlackBerry KEYone is scheduled to hit the global market sometime in April.