Once the Blackberry was dominant in mobile phone industry/market because of its secure software and handset. However, it fails to maintain its dominance in the market due to the lack of the apps ecosystem. At the same time rise of the Apple iPhone and Android-powered smartphones made the blackberry phone’s market share minimal. However, the company made comeback with an Android-powered Blackberry Prev but wasn’t able to attract as much attention as it expected. Now the company has outsourced the design to Chinese OEM TCL. Blackberry KEYone is the first smartphone designed by the TCL.
The new KEYone features a 4.5 inches Full HD IPS display with an aspect ratio of 3:2. The dimensions are 149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm. The display is guarded by a Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The phone has full QWERTY keyboard just below the display, it is kind of weird.
The phone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, Octa-core processor built on 14nm process architecture. Talking about the camera, it has 12 megapixels with dual-LED dual tone flash in the rear. The front houses an 8-megapixel camera for beautiful selfies. To power back such internals the phone has a 3505 mAh non-removable battery. The phone comes with 32 GB of storage and expandable up to 256GB via microSD card, alongside with 3GB of RAM.
The KEYone runs latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with lots of Blackberry security built in. Moreover, it comes with a Dtek app that protects/examine your phone’s security. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the space bar of the keyboard.
The phone will be available from April through different retail and online partners worldwide. The company has priced the device at Rs. 58,000.
- Nano SIM
- 5-inches IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
- Android OS, 7.1 nougat
- Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 CPU
- Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex – A53 GPU
- 32 GB storage, expandable up to 256 GB, and 3GB of RAM
- 12 MP primary camera and 8 MP front camera
- Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- Non-removable Li-ion 3505 mAh battery