BlackBerry KeyOne Latest Review: Latest Device Is A Sturdy Android With A Retro Keyboard

5 May 2017, 11:02 am EDT By Keisuke Akio Mobile & Apps
BlackBerry recently launched the highly anticipated device dubbed as the BlackBerry KeyOne that runs on Android and has a retro keyboard.


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The BlackBerry KEYone is already making its way on the mobile phone market and those who are into QWERTY physical keyboard might find it valuable. However, there are some reviews saying that it just can’t compete with phones from iPhone and Samsung.

Digging down to its specs, BlackBerry KEYone has a 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 display with 3:2 aspect ratio. It’s a 35-key physical keyboard that comes with capacitive touch support. Under its hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and with microSD card support and it is run by Android Nougat 7.1.

The Verge reported that KEYone’s rear camera has 12 MP with f/2.0 lens while its front camera has 8 MP and its battery capacity is 3,503 mAh with Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0. Other features of this new device are the Blackberry Hub software and GSM and CDMA support. BlackBerry KEYone is available at $549, unlocked. The KEYone façade looks unique because it has the untypical screen size usually seen from the latest devices of Samsung and LG. It has a rounded edge at the bottom and flat corners at the top. Its body is made of aluminum and a rubberized back for easy grip.

It has a dedicated key which allows users to launch any application they choose. Regarding its prominent physical keyboard, it is backlit and arranged in a sloping design. The spacebar was also designed to be a fingerprint reader which is not yet done by other mobile phone companies. KEYone also offers a DTEK app which monitors the phone’s security. If there are pros, there are also cons. The KEYone is made with a big body and those who are into thin and sleek designed phones will not be satisfied.

For users that have big thumbs, its renowned physical keyboard might need extra time for typing, says Mashable. Landscape typing is a bit difficult also because of physical keyboard’s presence. The power button is located on the left side of the device. This is inconvenient to most right-handed persons while its dedicated key is located right under the volume key which is most of the time is mistaken for a power button.

Years ago it might sound unreasonable to compare BlackBerry with iPhones and Samsung’s flagships but being in this era now that BlackBerry has already turned into Android, it is just fair to compare them for they are on the same platform now, CNBC reported. TLC Communications is the one that manufactures BlackBerry phones today. It was granted a license to the BlackBerry’s name and hardware patents. The company also handles BlackBerry Mobile devices in sales and marketing.

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