Just this week, the once smartphone giant, BlackBerry released its latest smartphone device – the BlackBerry KeyOne. Already, the new mobile phone has become a topic of debate among the tech industry. While some might argue the BlackBerry KeyOne brings back nostalgia owing to its physical QWERTY keypad, others believe it to be too “retro” for this time and age.
BlackBerry was once known to have the best, most secure smartphones across the globe and one unique feature all of the early BlackBerry models had was its physical keyboard. Loyal BlackBerry users are rejoicing at the reintroduction of the keypad in KeyOne, but it might not be enough to convince the conventional Android and iPhone users who enjoy the full touch screen experience.
BlackBerry users who have already purchased the new KeyOne model have some pretty positive things to say about the new smartphone. The body is sturdy, fresh and sexy. But perhaps the most important feature of this phone that’s creating the buzz among the BlackBerry crowd is its physical keyboard.
Also, one of the best things about KeyOne is that despite the fact that its Snapdragon 625 processor might not be the best in the market, the smartphone is not sluggish, nor does it experience hiccups when multiple applications are running.
The KeyOne camera also uses the same Sony made sensors as the Google Pixel so it takes incredibly detailed photos, although adjusting to the exposure might take some time. The KeyOne runs on Android v7.1.1 with additional tweaks to the software to give us the full, original BlackBerry experience. The 3500mAh battery is also a major plus point for the BlackBerry KeyOne as it lasts for about 2 days if you’re not particularly demanding.
BlackBerry KeyOne Specifications
- Design: The KeyOne has an aluminum frame with a dark soft touch back. It has a QWERTY keyboard. The thickness of the phone measures 9.4 mm and it weighs 180 g. The LCD is covered with Gorilla Glass 4.
- Display: 4.5 inches LCD touch-screen with 1080 x 1620 pixel resolution.
- Software: Android v.7.1.1 Nougat
- Processor: It is powered by 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
- Storage & Memory: 3 GB RAM with an internal memory of 32 GB. The storage is expandable with a microSD card up to 256 GB
- Camera: 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera
- Audio: 3.5 mm audio jack and stereo speakers
- Connectivity: Can connect to WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB OTG, FM, LTE
- Sensors: Finger-print sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Battery: 3500mAh. The charging is quick too (Quick Charge 3.0 that can charge 50% of the device in half an hour)
- Colors: Black
The KeyOne might just be a loyal BlackBerry user’s dream come true, but it might not be enough for other Android or iPhone users. Are you down for the BlackBerry KeyOne or do you think it’s a miss? Let us know below in the comments!