Blackberry revealed their latest Blackberry KEYone at Mobile congress in February. The phone went on sale today in London at exclusive Selfridges. Wider distribution is the US and UK will follow.
BlackBerry KEYone- First QWERTY Android Phone
The aluminum-framed handset comes with a 4.5in HD screen, fingerprint sensor buried in the physical keyboard’s space bar and has the biggest battery yet in a BlackBerry. Like Nokia, Blackberry fell behind to the rising demand of Android and apps and now part of nostalgia only. And the outcome is BlackBerry KEYone.
The KEYone, is made in partnership with TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. and BlackBerry, will be available for pre-order at some partners as of May 18 for most others.
The Android Nougat OS has a layer of Blackberry’s special masala laid over it, with a capacitive keyboard, you can swipe it and so on, just like a touch screen. But, yes, BlackBerry KEYone still has those little tiny keys. The rear camera is 12mp Sony unit same as Google Pixel, and there’s a Snapdragon 625 CPU running the show. It comes with 3 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of memory, but there’s a card slot for expansion of up to 2 terabytes more memory.
BlackBerry KEYone will be a new attempt for Blackberry to get their place back in the market. Last time Blackberry Hub and slick UI couldn’t replace the genius of Android OS. There were several horrendous decisions as well. A blackberry tablet without email setup didn’t help much, hopefully, a new KEYone can do the trick.