Even though it’s been a while since this handset was announced, BlackBerry wanted to wait a bit until they decided that it’s time to make the KeyOne official, marking, at the same time, the return of the physical QWERTY keyboard! After all, this is one of the Canadian company, now owned by Chinese giant TMD, signature design elements!
A weird size for a 2017 handset
Initially known as Mercury, the BlackBerry KeyOne comes with a 4.5″ display, relatively small by nowadays’ standards, and rocks a resolution of 1080 x 1620 pixels, resulting a density of 443 ppi. It’s also protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
Under the hood, it features a Snapdragon 625 chip, with an octa-core configuration, clocked at 2.0 GHz, Adreno 506 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. However, the latter can be expanded with up to 256 more, using a microSD card.
In terms of camera, the KeyOne comes with a 12 MP snapper on the back, with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and a dual-LED flash, while on the front, it rocks an 8MP selfie unit, able to shoot full HD videos.
Other features worth mentioning are the USB Type-C port, the front-mounted fingerprint scanner and, why not, the FM radio!
A beefy battery, one of the biggest pluses
The BlackBerry KeyOne is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion battery, with a capacity of 3505mAh, definitely able to make it through a full day of intensive use. It also comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, able to fill the battery up to 50%, in just 36 minutes.
Finally, the operating system is Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat, customized with a couple of BB goodies, improving the phone’s overall security.