Physical Touch Sensitive Qwerty Keyboard
One of those business/enterprise-like features Blackberry likes incorporating into their smartphones is a physical keyboard. Like the Blackberry Passport, the KeyOne also has a touch-sensitive qwerty keyboard. You don’t just get a keyboard but a featured packed Keyboard. The Blackberry KEYone keyboard supports
- Fingerprint recognition via the Spacebar.
- The keys act or have a touchscreen feel.
- You can perform gestures on the keyboard and also use it as shortcuts to launch apps and contacts like hitting “U” for Uber, “G” for Gmail, “B” for Browser and many others that you could customize yourself.
- Responds to touch gestures like a trackpad, to quickly scroll through web pages or emails.
Operating SystemTo keep everything fresh and modern, Blackberry packed the device with Android’s latest Nougat 7.0 OS. The features nougat has to offer plus Blackberry’s unique features makes the KeyOne a real deal. The device is preloaded with Google’s default apps plus Blackberry apps like Blackberry Hub, DTEK etc.
Security in smartphones has always made Blackberry the choice for many businessmen and women, security personnel, presidents and other security conscious individuals. Like the Blackberry DTEK50, KEYONE uses both hardware encryption and software security to offer a world-class mobile security solution. According to TCL, the KEYone is the world’s most secured smartphone. Apart from the internal security, there is a fingerprint sensor on the spacebar. I don’t know how comfortable the position is, it’s up to you. The Blackberry KEYone has a 12MP / 8 MP camera, has an internal storage of 32GB which can be increased to 2 terabytes via the hot-swappable Micro SD card slot. The KEYONE is powered by a nonremovable 3505 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. According to Blackberry, the KEYone has the biggest battery any Blackberry has ever had which means plenty of power and uptime. The KEYone isn’t just fanciful, but sturdy. The phone’s body is has a strong aluminum frame while the display is resistant to impact/pressure. On the side of the smartphone is a “convenience key” for taking camera shots, muting calls or performing other preset functions. Although getting used to the physical keyboard in this era of basically touchscreen smartphones might be an issue. But getting used to the KeyOne won’t be so hard for old or die-hard Blackberry fans.
BLACKBERRY KEYone PriceWith a Snapdragon 625 CPU underneath it, the BlackBerry KEYOne will cost £499 SIM-free.
- In the US, it’ll go for $549
- In Nigeria, it will cost
- In India, it will cost Rs, 36,584
BLACKBERRY KEYone FULL SPECIFICATIONS
|Status||Announced February 2017 Coming soon. Expected release 2017, April|
|Dimensions||Height 149.3 mm / 5.8 in Width 72.5 mm / 2.8 in Depth 9.4 mm / 0.37 in|
|Keyboard Weight||Physical Keyboard Qwerty with touch sensitivity 180g / 6.34 oz|
|Dedicated Keys||Volume Up/Down, Lock (for Power On/Off) Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key (usable as Mute Key when on an active call or to open the camera)|
|Type||IPS capacitive LCD touchscreen with 16,000,000 colors|
|Size Resolution Multi-Touch Protection||4.5 inches (~55.6% screen-to-body ratio) 1080 x 1620 pixels (~433 ppi pixel density) Yes Scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass 4|
Memory And OS
|Card slot||Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD memory card (Up to 2TB)|
|OS||Android 7.1 (Nougat) OS|
|Processors CPU||Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53|
|RAM GPU||3GB RAM 64-bit Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU|
|Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|Audio port||3.5mm jack|
|WIFI||802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz 802.11 a/n 5GHz 802.11 ac 5GHz 4G Mobile Hotspot Wi-Fi Direct|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR|
|GPS||Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS Support for User Plane and Control Plane GLONASS, BeiDou2 OTDOA Pre-loaded Google Maps|
|USB FM Radio||USB Type C, USB 3.1 Yes|
|Primary||12MP Sony IMX378 Sensor auto-focus large 1.55μm pixels 4K video recording at 30 fps Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock HDR 6-element f2.0 lens Dual Tone LED Flash – Enhanced photo color balance 4x digital zoom Continuous & touch to focus, face detection, electric image stabilization Panorama, Burst, Live Filters Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement|
|Secondary||8MP Fixed-Focus, f2.2 1.125um pixel size 84˚ wide angle/field of view lens Image & video stabilisation 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps Light-up LCD Flash Wide Selfie Mode (also known as Selfie Panorama) Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement|
|Capacity||3505 mAh (typical) 4.4V non-removable Lithium-Ion battery with QuickCharge 3.0 Enabled 50% charge in 36 minutes|
|Music play Video play|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Magnetometer, Ambient Light, Hall Effect|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|Browser Accessability||HTML Google TalkBack screen reader for audible output Face-to-face video chat with Google Hangouts Google Now voice assistance to answer questions and perform actions Scalable fonts and magnification to zoom in or zoom out Closed Captioning support High contrast text, color inversion, and color correction Certain models rated for use with hearing aids|
|Miscellaneous||– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player – FM Radio – MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player – Image viewer and editor – Document viewer and editor – Preloaded applications –BlackBerry® Keyboard, BlackBerry® Hub, BlackBerry® Calendar, Contacts by BlackBerry®, Notes by BlackBerry®, Tasks by BlackBerry®, BBM®, DTEK™ by BlackBerry®, BlackBerry® Device Search, BlackBerry® Launcher, BlackBerry® Services, BlackBerry® Help, BlackBerry® Password Keeper, BlackBerry® Content Transfer, BlackBerry® Productivity Edge, BlackBerry® ToolboxGmail™, Hangouts™, Google Chrome™, Google Drive™, Google Maps™, YouTube®, Google Play™, Google Photos, Messenger (SMS), Android Device Manager|