Earlier this year, BlackBerry showcased its Android-powered smartphone, the BlackBerry KeyOne, at the Mobile World Congress. The new smartphone combines BlackBerry’s iconic physical keyboard with the latest Android operating system, and a solid list of specifications.
For starters, the KEYone comes with the beloved physical hardware keyboard. While some may find it a bit old-school, it remains one of the most comfortable ways to type out a long message.
One of the most important thing about the KEYone is that its physical keyboard is turbo-charged, which allows you to use each key as a shortcut by assigning keys to apps and actions.
On the front, the device comes with a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 1620 x 1080-pixel resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio. While the smartphone has a rear-shooter of 12MP Sony IMX378 with 4K video support and its selfie camera is a perfectly decent 8MP affair.
At the bottom of the device, there’s a USB-C port for charging. The gorgeous aluminum design also incorporates a headphone jack, the usual volume rocker and power key, plus a function key that can be configured as required.
As has been the case with the previous BlackBerry devices, the KEYone runs a relatively untouched version of Android Nougat 7.1, complimented by BlackBerry’s security and productivity software.
Talking about the processor, the device is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core chip, backed up with 3GB of RAM, and a gigantic 3,505mAh battery. The smartphone further comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card.
The company has announced the release dates of their latest smartphone. In the United Kingdom, KeyOne will be available from May 5 at £499 at the Carphone Warehouse.
Canadian consumers, will have to wait a little longer as the device will launch there later in May. Pre-orders open on May 18 with the price tag of $199.
Meanwhile, in United States, the KeyOne launch will take place on May 31, where users can get one for $549.