At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) which was held at Las Vegas, BlackBerry revealed its KEYone Smartphone. It definitely stands out from the rest because of the physical keyboard created by TCL.
The phone sports a 4.5 inch with a 1620 x 1080-pixel touchscreen. The presence of KEYone’s physical keyboard reduces the screen size as opposed to the regular 5.5 touchscreen phones. The backlit keys are easy to press and they also double up as navigation keys for scrolling the screen. You can also program up to 52 shortcuts using these keys and the spacebar contains an embedded fingerprint scanner. The phone gives a good grip owing to its rubber texturized back and aluminum body. However, KEYone is slightly heavier than Samsung or iPhone.
The phone runs on Android Nougat 7.1 thereby also giving access to multitude of Google apps. The DTEK security software, BBM and Blackberry Hub are preloaded. Blackberry Hub is where all your notifications from emails, social media etc. reside.
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 which is known for energy efficiency and stability. The octa-core device comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and microSD card support up to 2TB. The 3505 mAH battery which is the biggest battery on any blackberry device, can let you go for a long time with a single charge. Connectivity is provided by USB-Type C.
KEYone offers a rear camera of 12 megapixels, f/2.0 aperture with Phase detection and autofocus. It has f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash, Face detection, Panorama and touch to focus. The front camera is 8 MP with the ability to shoot HD videos.
KEYone is built for productivity, if you are someone who sends a lot of emails then this phone is for you. Should Blackberry have designed KEYone long ago or is this going to be a trendsetter? What do you think about Blackberry’s KEYone? Let us know in the comments below.
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