MWC 17: BlackBerry announces its KEYone smartphone with a keyboard
The name BlackBerry is used to be synonymous with smartphones with built-in keyboards. Although the firm does not have the image it could have in the past, the company has nevertheless launched an Android smartphone with a sliding keyboard, and some touchscreen devices only. Today, at the MWC 2017 , BlackBerry has just lifted the veil on an Android smartphone that features a keyboard under the screen , giving the appearance of a standard BlackBerry device.
The BlackBerry KEYone is an Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1,620 x 1,080 pixels. The screen has a ratio of 3: 2 with a pixel density of 433 dpi, which is a little unusual for an Android smartphone. But the unusual shape of the screen gives way to the physical keyboard.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, a 3,505 mAh battery, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. There is also a slot for a micro SD card that supports up to 2 TB of removable storage – in theory since we do not have a card that offers such capacity.
A smartphone designed by TCL
Like all new BlackBerry devices, this smartphone is not actually made by the Canadian company. Indeed, the Chinese electronics company TCL has established a partnership with BlackBerry to produce a range of devices using the BlackBerry name. But for all intents and purposes, the KEYONE is what a modern BlackBerry smartphone looks like. It features classic design elements, Google’s Android operating system, and a bunch of BlackBerry applications.
For the photo, the BlackBerry KEYone has a 12-megapixel camera , the Sony IMX 378 sensor. The camera offers a 4k recording at 30 fps, and an aperture at f / 2.0. In addition, the smartphone is equipped with an 8-megapixel front camera with a support for image stabilization and video. There is also a flash to improve captures in low light conditions. There is also a fingerprint sensor encrusted at the back, a USB Type-C 3.1 port.
The KEYONE measures 147.3 x 71.1 x 9.3 mm, and weighs about 178 g. In addition to a touch screen and a touch pad, there are dedicated keys to turn on / off the smartphone, volume, and a “BlackBerry Convenience Key” that can be used to open the camera or put Pause a call.
Good news about software
BlackBerry says the phone supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, allowing you to get a 50% charge in 36 minutes. Other features include 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2 and an NFC chip.
The great news is that the KEYONE will have Android 7.1 Nougat installed. And preloaded applications include BlackBerry Hub, Keyboard, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Tasks, and DTEK security, as well as Google apps such as Hangouts, Chrome, Drive, and Google Play.