The Blackberry KEYone is the first smartphone to be unveiled ahead of the MWC event at Barcelona. It isn’t a surprise since it was displayed to the masses under its codename ‘Mercury’ at CES earlier this year. While we think that Mercury would’ve been a much cooler name to go with, the KEYone is definitely unique.
The BlackBerry KEYone is yet another phone made by TCL with the design and software controlled by the Canadian company. The aluminum unibody design is stunning to look at and what makes the phone unique is the QWERTY keypad that sits below the display. It has a 4.5-inch display in a 3:2 aspect ratio that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The screen resolution is a little odd at 1620 x 1080 pixels.
While we have seen the smartphone in multiple leaks earlier, the hardware underneath was a complete mystery. The BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor (one of the most efficient processors in recent times) and has 3GB of RAM. BlackBerry has coupled that with a 3505mAh battery which they claim make it a two-day phone. It uses a USB Type-C port for charging and with QuickCharge 3.0 it can top up to 50% juice in 36 minutes.
The BlackBerry KEYone sports a 12-megapixel Sony camera on the back with a pixel size of 1.55 microns. It gets phase detection autofocus along with electronic image stabilization and a dual tone LED flash. The camera is capable of recording 4K video at 30 FPS. At the front, the KEYone has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with screen flash. It has an 84-degree field of view, gets image and video stabilization and is capable of recording 1080p video.
The software on the phone is up to date as it runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with a suite of BB apps. Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry Hub, and the DTEK security app come pre-loaded with this phone. In terms of storage, the phone has 32GB of onboard storage it is further expandable via microSD cards up to 2TB. One of the unique design approaches on the phone is the fingerprint scanner on the front that is discreetly hidden under the spacebar.