BlackBerry, Canadian Smartphone Maker announced its last smartphone named BlackBerry KEYone. This smartphone was manufactured by TCL and will be hitting the market shelves from April 1st week at a cost of EUR 599 / $549 (Approx. Rs. 38,600). It is TCL first licensed BlackBerry Smartphone and it comes with QWERTY Keyboard and Large Screen. BlackBerry was known for its QWERTY Keyboard, but lost its familiarity after the arrival of Touch Screen Handsets. In this new invention, the keyboard is used more rather than typing, the spacebar on the keyboard doubles as FPS and letter keys are used as shortcuts to open specific apps.
TCL in Partnership with BlackBerry announced it ahead of the MWC 2017 event. Speaking on the launch Alex Thurber, General Manager of BlackBerry’s Mobility Solutions Unit, said, BlackBerry worked closely with TCL to build security into the new device. He also added that, “At BlackBerry we live and breathe security. Security has been engineered into the entire manufacturing process, throughout the hardware and of course the software.”
Nicolas Zibell, TCL Chief Executive, said, TCL would be coming out with new BlackBerry products later this year. “What we are unveiling today is just the beginning of a new story.”
Here come the key specs of BlackBerry KEYone:
BlackBerry KEYone sports a 4.5-inch (1620*1080 p) 3:2 IPS LCD Display with 433 PPi and scratch-resistant glass protection. The device is powered by 2.0 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU. It has a storage space of 32 GB ROM which can be extended up to 2TB via Micro SD Card Slot. This handset runs Android Nougat 7.1 OS and has 4-row Physical QWERTY backlit keyboard. Device is backed up with 3505 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. On the camera front it shoots its pictures with 12 MP Rear Camera with PDAF, Sony IMX 378 Sensor, F/2.0 aperture and Dual LED Flash and 8 MP Front Camera for Selfies and Video Calls with F/2.2 Aperture. In terms of network it offers 3G, 4G LTE, 4G Volte, FM Radio, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2 V, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, 3.5 mm Audio Jack, NFC and USB Type C 3.1. It measures 9.4 mm thick and weighs 180 grams. Sensors lodged are Compass Magnetometer, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor and Gyroscope.