BlackBerry and TCL took the center stage at the MWC 2017 event to announce the BlackBeery KEYone, the smartphone earlier known by its codename Mercury. The unique thing about the phone is that it features a physical QWERTY keyboard and also happens to be the last smartphone to be actually designed by BlackBerry. This is because TCL has already started designing and releasing phones under the BlackBerry brand name.
The first thing that you will notice about the BlackBerry KEYone right off the bat is its product design which will remind you of good old days. Even the physical QWERTY keyboard will tempt you to hold the smartphone and use it for at least once. Other than this, the keyboard offers features like keyboard shortcuts, flick typing, and navigation by swiping on keys.
The BlackBerry KEYone sports a 4.5-inch display with 1620 x 1080 pixels resolution and 441 PPI pixel density. Under the hood, it has an octa-core 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. The phone has a 12MP rear shooter with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. On the front, it has an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and 84-degree wide-angle lens.
The smartphone offers 32GB internal storage with support for microSD card up to 2TB. The whole package is powered by a 3505mAh battery with fast charging. It will be running Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box.
As it is a BlackBerry smartphone, it comes with all BlackBerry suite of apps aimed at improving productivity and security. It also features a fingerprint scanner, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.2 along with USB Type-C 3.1 port.
The BlackBerry KEYone has been priced at $549 (about Rs. 36,558) and will be available for purchase worldwide starting April.