It’s alive! Thanks to TCL, BlackBerry mobile is still kicking around and I am not going to lie, its BlackBerry KEYone Android-powered smartphone is looking pretty dope. First of, there’s no question about aesthetics. It is as good looking as a BlackBerry, but I guess the real draw here is Android. Then again, that’s no news. Pack into into the sleek aluminum and soft textured back body is a 4.5-inch 1,620 by 1,080 pixels IPS touch display with scratch resistant property lent to it by a slate of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC featuring an octacore 2.0GHz processor, along side a 64-bit Adreno 506 650 MHz GPU.
KEYone gets 3GB of RAM, plus 32 GB flash storage which is further expandable up to 2 TB via microSD card. Data and charging is via an up-to-date interface, namely USB Type-C (USB 3.1). Imaging is not lacking either. It has a 12MP autofocus shooter on the rear with 4K recording capability (@30fps), plus phase detection autofocus, fast focus lock, HDR 6-element f2.0 lens, dual-tone LED flash, 4x digital zoom, electronic image stabilization, et cetera. The front, on the other hand, gets a 8MP fixed-focus camera boasting a 1.125 micron pixel sensor, paired to a f2.2 optic with 84-degree wide angle FoV. The front shooter is also blessed with image and video stabilization, records in 1080p30, and has light-up LCD flash similar to those found on later model iPhones.
Other details include an innovative Smart Keyboard that allows up to 52 customizable shortcuts to be assigned, world’s first keyboard-embedded fingerprint sensor (it’s on the spacebar), a 3,505 mAh battery offering up to 26 hours of “mixed use,” Quick Charge 3.0 support, BlackBerry DTEK for security monitoring and “protection of the OS,” 4G-LTE (GSM and CDMA), GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou 2, dual-band WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and EDR, built-in FM radio, NFC, plus the garden variety of sensors, including accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer et cetera. Out-of-the-box, BlackBerry KEYone is preloaded with Android 7.1 Nougat.