While you’re intrigued by many of the new smartphones on the market, perhaps you find yourself sticking with a BlackBerry for its physical keyboard, strong security, and impressive battery life – or all the above.
After all, if you’re relying on a device for business, you probably don’t want to give up on those three key pillars. Nor should you.
Fortunately, BlackBerry has just launched a new Android-powered device through its new hardware partner, TCL Communication, that doesn’t mess with what many want out of a BlackBerry, yet includes features many of your friends have on their fancy new phones -- including great cameras, a fast processor, and access to millions of apps.
Available now the BlackBerry KEYone might just be the phone you’ve been waiting for.
For one, this phone feels great in your hand. Rather than a flimsy, light device covered by cheap-looking plastic, BlackBerry KEYone is built with a durable aluminum frame and with a soft textured back for extra grip. At 180 grams, it has the weight of a quality device, too (iPhone 7, for example, is 138 grams). Not for everyone, perhaps, but I’m more impressed with something that feels strong and well-built than light and fragile.
The BlackBerry KEYone has a physical QWERTY keyboard on the lower quarter of the screen, which not only can be used to swipe through content by brushing your thumb in a given direction over the keys, but this phone also houses the world’s first keyboard-embedded fingerprint sensor, which is conveniently located in the spacebar. Many find a physical keyboard more comfortable, accurate and faster than a virtual keyboard, plus to get more done in less time you can set up to 52 customizable shortcuts, transforming each letter key into a quick access button to your favorite apps, contacts, and more.
The phone also has a 4.5-inch touch display, for when you’d rather swipe, tap and flick on the screen – and with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection from impact and scratches. In terms of resolution, it’s a 1620 x 1080 HD screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, and 433 pixels per inch (ppi). While not as impressive as, say, the Samsung Galaxy S8 (2960 x 1440 resolution, with 570 ppi), photos, videos, games and text all look sharp. Speaking of photos, BlackBerry KEYone boasts a 12-megapixel rear camera (with Sony IMX378 sensor) and 8-megapixel front-facing camera with flash and wide-angle lens.
Along with a speedy 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor (Snapdragon 625), there’s 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and support for microSD memory cards (up to 2TB). The 3505 mAh battery is the largest ever in a BlackBerry, offering up to 26 hours of mixed use, along with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology that enables up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes. BlackBerry KEYone has a USB Type-C port at the base of the phone.
Finally, on the software front, BlackBerry KEYone is powered by Android 7.1 Nougat – therefore it has all the Google apps you know and love, along with access to the Google Play store – plus this phone is preloaded with DTEK by BlackBerry for security and privacy protection (including personalized monthly Android security updates). In fact, BlackBerry calls this the most secure Android phone, ever.
If you’re looking for a device to keep up with the pace of your business, TCL’s BlackBerry KEYone manages to impress in every department.
Original post by Marc_Saltzman June 1, 2017