reviving the QWERTY keypad phones. The newest innovation from the Canadian company
was launched at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona. Although the flagship was announced
as BlackBerry Mercury in CES 2017, the official name is going to be KEYone. Now, this isn’t the “textbook smartphone” which we are accustomed to, and this
didn’t come as much of a surprise for us as BlackBerry, despite its successes
and failures doesn’t fail to surprise us with its unique features.
they were a few years ago. For starters the phone runs on android and comes
with 7.1 out of the box. Despite being powered by Android the device still
keeps intact the software and hardware
features of BlackBerry for which we fell in love with in the first place, like the BlackBerry
security and the physical QWERTY keypad. But the question is where does the
phone stand in a world full of Android and iOS devices.
device features a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1620*1080 and
aspect ratio of 3:2. It measures 149.3 mm x 72.5 mm x 9.4 mm and weighs about
180g. Now, it’s not the thinnest smartphone out there but it still has the
headphone jack, so we call it a win there. The highlight in the design area though,
is that magnificent physical keypad which has some new additional features. The whole keypad acts as a touch pad and can be used for scrolling through
the pages. Long pressing the ‘I’ button opens Instagram and ‘F’ button opens
Facebook. The spacebar acts as the finger print scanner. There is an additional
key called the ‘convenience key’ on the right side of the device which can be assigned
to any application by the user.
(expandable upto 2TB) and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.0GHz which
isn’t the fastest one around but there are no complaints regarding the
performance of the device. In fact, it is as smooth and snappy as they come. It
has a 64-bit Adreno 506 GPU so there should be no problem with gaming on the
device. It also has a USB-C type port for charging and data syncing.
auto-focus large pixel camera, 4K video recording at 30 fps, Phase Detect Auto
Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock, Dual Tone LED, 4x digital zoom, face detection,
electric image stabilisation ,Panorama, Burst, Live Filters Multi-Frame Low
Light Enhancement on the back . On the
front is an 8 MP front facing shooter with f/2.2 aperture and wide angle for group
selfies. All in all the camera performance of the phone will not let you down.
non-removable Lithium Ion battery with QuickCharge 3.0. The manufacturer claims
that the phone will last for 2 days with a single full charge. This might vary
from user to user depending on the usage.
applications like Workspaces, Password Keeper, Hub etc. It is packed with all
the necessary sensors like the accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light and hall effect.
no doubt that the device is built essentially for business-class individuals.
With the unique features it has to offer, the device will definitely increase
the work productivity at the same time look classy. So in a world full of iOS
and Android devices this will surely be a legitimate competitor. The BlackBerry
KEYone will cost about $550.