BLACKBERRY KEYone is the latest handset from former smartphone heavyweight BlackBerry. It aims to offer the classic BlackBerry keyboard experience to old-school folks who remember the original Bold. Paired with the cutting-edge Android Nougat OS and the best battery life handset this year, the KEYone essentially achieves this goal and is a solid choice for hardcore BlackBerry fans hankering for a decent work handset. BlackBerry KEYone brings BlackBerry’s iconic design and keyboard, together with Android 7.1.1 Nougat to offer a distinctly different, yet distinctly BlackBerry experience.
Rear material and thicker body make this phone fairly comfortable to handle in one hand. Typing with one hand using the physical keys is about the only part of the phone that is stuck in the past. Capacitive keys are the preferred method of UI navigation for BlackBerry, its middle-path choice between hardware keys and the more common softkeys of current Android Nougat devices.
The BlackBerry KEYone itself is a hulking mass of metal, glass and premium-feeling, super tactile keys. It feels like a BlackBerry of old that has been smashed together with a modern phone. But importantly, and for the first time, BlackBerry has got it right. The 1620×1080 resolution gives the display a crisp 434ppi (pixels per inch) density, ensuring text and icons look uniformly sharp.The KeyOne can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080p at 60fps. Oddly, switching between all of its various video resolutions and frame rates is right at the top of the camera app.
The phone is 9.4-mm thin , and tips the scale at 180 grams. Powered by a 2 GHz Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and it comes with 4 GB of RAM. Octa cores in the CPU and 4 GB of RAM ensures the phone runs smoothly with multiple applications open simultaneously. The Blackberry KEYone also packs in a graphics processor, and 64 GB of internal storage .
BlackBerry KeyOne is clearly an Android phone that has productivity users in mind. It works as an entertainment device, too, but it’s not the best at it.
The BlackBerry KEYone feels like a BlackBerry should; its reassuringly heavy, kinda thick and it really does look the business whenever you whip it out. During the testing period several people stopped me to enquire about the phone I was using; they liked the look of it and were surprised by the keyboard. Bl KeyOne faces steep competition against more established players that aims to be different on both the outside and inside. S8, LG’s G6 and Google’s Pixel, but in this case, the keyboard will be the deciding factor for most.
|Release date||February 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||149.30 x 72.50 x 9.40|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3505|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||2000|
|Operating System||Android 7.1|
|Screen size (inches)||4.50|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||433|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|