BlackBerry KEYone is the last in-house designed and developed smartphone from the house of BlackBerry. It seems, that the smartphone maker has given up on making smartphones themselves and will pass on the duties to TCL to take the reign ahead. So, making it to the headlines at the Mobile World Congress 2017, the KEYone, previously known as Mercury, carries the BB signature on it – the full QWERTY keypad. Along with a decent hardware configuration, the KEYone also features BlackBerry security software. The company claims that the KEYone is the most secure Android device.
|4.5 Inch IPS LCD Display (434 ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Octa Core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625||3GB||32GB internal expandable upto 2000GB via Dedicated MicroSD||
Design and Construction
|Screen Size||4.5 Inches|
|Screen to body ratio (%)||55.6%|
|Screen Type||IPS LCD|
|Pixel Density||434 ppi|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|System on Chip||Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625|
|CPU||Octa-Core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Internal memory||32 GB|
|Expandable Memory Upto||2000 GB|
|Expandable Memory Slot||Dedicated MicroSD|
|No. of SIMS||1|
|Sim 1 Type||Nano SIM|
|No of sensors||1|
On the first glance, the BlackBerry KEYone looks like a taller version of Passport Silver edition smartphone that was launched in the year 2015. Once you look closer you will notice that the KEYone has a lot to it that sets it apart from the rest. It features a sturdy aluminum frame with a soft textured rear panel. On the front is an impact resistant display that comprises a 4.5inch IPS LCD screen with a screen resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels and 433 ppi pixel density. Under this screen is a full-size QWERTY keypad. This keypad gets neat features that provide an intuitive experience.
Inside the BlackBerry KEYone is Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core CPU. This is a 64-bit unit, clocked at 2.0 GHz and coupled with Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU. The KEYone gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB flash memory. There is an option for memory expansion via hot swappable microSD cards. The phone supports memory cards upto 2TB. The phone gets a USB Type-C port.
The main camera on the KEYone is a 12MP auto-focus large pixel camera which can do 4K video recording at 30 fps. It benefits from Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock, HDR 6-element f/2.0 lens, dual tone LED Flash, and 4x digital zoom. Other features of the main camera include, continuous & touch to focus, face detection, and electric image stabilization. On the front is an 8MP Fixed-Focus selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.125um. It gets an 84-angle wide angle lens. It is equipped with image & video stabilization, light-up LCD flash, and Wide Selfie Mode.
Power comes from a 3505 mAh non-removable Lithium-Ion battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. This Quick Charge 3.0 helps the battery to charge up to 50% within 36 minutes.
BlackBerry KEYone is dubbed as the most secure Android smartphone. It is preloaded with Android OS v 7.0 Nougat and a host of BlackBerry applications.