Blackberry KEYone Smartphone Resurrects the Company's Keyboard Signature

First smartphone to officially come out of Mobile World Congress 2017 is the physical keyboard-sporting Blackberry KEYone also known as Blackberry Mercury during its development stage. TCL, the Chinese company that now licenses the brand name, has formally taken the wraps off its first smartphone offering using the Blackberry name and logo.

The Blackberry KEYone smartphone is bringing back the company's signature physical keyboard in the age of touchscreen devices with some addition modern touch. For example, the keyboard itself doubles as a touchpad where it can be used to scroll webpages by simply swiping on the keyboard and not on the screen itself (though the display is touch enabled as well). Second is, the fingerprint scanner feature is now embedded into the space bar, and then users can assign each key to specific applications they want and launch those apps by simply pressing and holding the key. Say you want to assign the Facebook app with F key or Instagram with I key, you can set that up through the settings of the phone.

It is an Android smartphone and it's running the latest Androud 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. But it does not stop there as Blackberry is being known for offering super secured phones, especially during its reign prior to the arrival of iPhone and Android devices, the Blackberry KEYone is equipped with DTEK software, Blackberry's own security software that allows user to constantly monitor the phone's security level and adjust according to their preferences.

Blackberry KEYone specs:
  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD Display
  • 1620 x 1080 resolution
  • 434ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 605 Graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera with PDAF, Sony IMX378 sensor, LED flash
  • 8MP front facing camera
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • WiFi, Bluetooth,GPS with GLONASS
  • USB Type-C
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • 3505mAh battery
  • $549
TCL said that the Blackberry KEYone is set to be released in April for a retail price of $549 or about Php27,000 in Philippine currency.

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