BlackBerry has launched a new Android-powered smartphone with physical keyboard – meet the all-new BlackBerry KEYone, featuring BlackBerry’s unique design and QWERTY keyboard. The KEYone has a backlit keyboard, which is great when typing in dark environments.
The KEYone’s keyboard comes with some interesting, and advanced features. The physical Smart Keyboard mimics the heritage of the BlackBerry trackpad by responding to touch gestures, making web browsing, reading, and writing with flick typing a much easier and more intuitive experience.
The keyboard also can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, such as pressing “I” for your inbox or “M” to access maps. In addition, KEYone is the first smartphone to build a fingerprint sensor directly into the keyboard spacebar for added functionality and security.
The BlackBerry KEYone features a high-end design including an anodized aluminum frame and a soft touch textured back. It hosts a 4.5” impact resistant IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1620×1080 pixels, 434 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) and 3:2 aspect ratio, and is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The KEYone is powered Snapdragon 625 processor alongside Adreno 605 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage, expandable via hot swappable microSD memory card up to 2TB. It is fuelled by a 3505mAh battery which can be charged using the USB Type-C connector up to 50% in just 36 minutes, thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.
The KEYone is also equipped with a 12 megapixel rear f/2.0 camera using over-sized Sony IMX378 sensor; offering 4K video capture, 4x digital zoom, electric image stabilisation and dual tone LED flash. At the front, there is an 8MP Fixed-Focus f/2.2 camera.
The BlackBerry KEYone (which will sell at or under €599 EUR/£499 GBP/$549 USD once it becomes available in April), will ship to global consumers with BlackBerry’s most secure Android software platform (based on Android 7.1 Nougat), straight out of the box.