The BlackBerry KeyOne brings back the QWERTY Keyboard


Chinese Electronics Company TCL were not left behind in the Mobile World Congress with the unveiling of the Blackberry KeyOne. The Blackberry KeyOne is the end product of the device code-named “Mercury” during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The device brings back the physical QWERTY keyboard in its bid to revive this once mighty brand.

Design and Display

The BlackBerry KeyOne comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard and a 4.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1620 pixels. The 4.5-inch LCD display is covered in Gorilla Glass 4 that makes the screen scratch resistant. The Instagram enthusiasts can play safe with this device as it comes with a 12MP rear and 8MP front camera. The features for the rear camera include Face detection, a dual-tone LED flash, face detection, panorama and HDR. The camera also support the recording of 1080p videos. The highlight point of this device remains the physical keyboard but it remains to be seen if one can type as fast as on a touchscreen.

Hardware and Software

Under the hood, the BlackBerry KeyOne houses Android 7.1 (Nougat) with 2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm snapdragon 625 chipset. It comes with 3GB installed memory and 32-GB built-in storage that supports up to 256 GB memory card. This is enough storage to keep all your apps, favorite music, videos and some movies if you may want to store.

In terms of connectivity, the BlackBerry KeyOne features a USB Type C port for charging and connecting to other devices. It also feature Near-field communication (NFC) for communicating with other devices. Internet connectivity is available through dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 for connecting with compatible devices. The phone supports 4G networks with a download speeds of up to 450mbps. It comes with a 3505mAh that will provide more juice as compared to some android phones in the competition.

The blackberry KeyOne shall launch on April 27 and thereafter it will start hitting stores worldwide.



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