MWC 2017 | Blackberry reveals the KEYone MWC 2017 | Blackberry reveals the KEYone
Blackberry has revealed their new TCL-made KEYone smartphone. It has a physical keyboard, and runs on Android 7.1 Nougat. It's priced at $550 (PHP27,000).... MWC 2017 | Blackberry reveals the KEYone

Last CES, TCL (one of Blackberry’s partner hardware manufacturers) offered a sneak peek into the Blackberry Mercury smartphone project. The phone is security-focused, and in typical Blackberry fashion, includes a physical QWERTY keyboard. Now the project is official, as TCL and Blackberry revealed the KEYone on their keynote at Mobile World Congress 2017.

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Blackberry KEYone specs

  • Display: 4.5″ 1620 x 1080 IPS LCD (433 PPI)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: 64-bit Adreno 506
  • Battery: 3505 mAh w/ QC 3.0
  • Storage: 32GB + microSD card support up to 2TB
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP auto-focus large pixel: Sony IMX 378 Sensor
  • Front Camera: 8MP with flash
  • OS: Android 7.1

The KEYone follows Blackberry’s previous smartphones, the Passport and the Priv, in being one of the few Android smartphones with a physical keyboard. Longtime Blackberry fans will surely flock to this device.

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Along with enthusiasts, businesses might also be interested in the KEYone, as it has Blackberry’s trusted mobile security software. Blackberry is even promising monthly Android security updates with the KEYone.

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An issue with the KEYone though is its price, which was announced to be at $550 (or around PHP27,000). It’s rather expensive for a phone which is powered by a Snapdragon 625, which you’ll see in a lot of phones that are priced at the $400 mark and lower. Though for users who want a physical keyboard, the KEYone might be one of the best options upon release.

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