How BlackBerry KeyOne Blends The Best Of BlackBerry And Android


Nostalgia seems to be the underlying theme at the 17th Mobile World Congress with classic brands unveiling new products.  BlackBerry entered the market as a strong smartphone competitor with many users liking the QWERTY keypad which made typing easier. With the introduction of newer technology, the inclination towards touchscreen increased and BlackBerry started to lose steam.  The brand has been resilient and is making a comeback this year with the BlackBerry KeyOne, a blend of the old school BlackBerry feels and Android.  The new KeyOne is sleek and stylish and ready to give other companies a run for their money.

The BlackBerry KeyOne’s Smart Keyboard responds to the touch gesture, which is reminiscent of the BlackBerry trackpad; making web browsing, reading and writing emails with the flick typing feature, easier. The Smart Keyboard has 52 easily customised options that will launch your Inbox when you press ‘I’ and ‘M’ for Maps, The KeyOne has become the pioneer in the integration of the fingerprint sensor into the keyboard spacebar, making your phone more secure.  Also, the BlackBerry Hub stores all your messages in one place – emails, texts and messages. Plus, the Hub has the capability to manage multiple accounts which saves time as you don’t have to keep switching between email accounts.

The phone is powered by Android 7.1 Nougat and BlackBerry goes a step ahead to add amazing new features which makes sharing ideas and connecting with people easier and quicker. Also, being an Android and running on the latest update, every month it will release Google Security Patches which provide a layer security. Plus, the device features the DTEK security Monitoring app that adds an additional layer of security ensuring utmost privacy. The smartphone measures 4.5 inches and has a display of 1620×1080 resolution along with an aspect of 3:2 ratio. It has a strong aluminium frame, impact resistant display and a soft textured back.

The smartphone is backed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mobile platform along with a Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU. The powerful processor means more power consumption but the KeyOne’s 3505mAh battery ensures you have plenty of time, each time. The phone charges up to 50% in just 36 minutes, the fastest charging time for a BlackBerry device. Plus, the boost feature will ensures that you will get more out of your phone.

The KeyOne houses a 12MP rear camera with an IMX 378 camera sensor as well as Phase Detect Auto Focus.  The 8MP front camera has a fixed focus and is great for selfies and video conferencing. In addition to these features, the phone allows you to open two apps at the same time.

So far the phone looks fantastic, but the real test will be during its release in April. As for now, experts are considering this to one of the best blends of BlackBerry and Android.

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by techtalks @TechTalks May 8, 2017 10:35 AM UTC


Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

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Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

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They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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