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BlackBerry KEYone hands-on: The QWERTY candybar's last stand?

BlackBerry KEYone hands-on: The QWERTY candybar's last stand?

Instead, the KeyOne is positioned as a device for BlackBerry owners (and ex-owners) that just works in a "2017 smartphone" sort of way The KeyOne is four-carrier compatible in the US. Those of you who are interested in checking out the main announcement of this smartphone, follow this link, as we're here to take a closer look at the specs of the company's newest smartphone. There is also flick typing, an embedded fingerprint sensor in the interval key andup to 52 customizable shortcuts such as pressing “I” for your inbox or “M” to access maps.

The BlackBerry KEYone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset, clocked at 2.0 GHz and coupled with a 64-bit Adreno 605 GPU.

The rest of the story of KEYone, though, is quite standard as far as Android phones are concerned. Apart from Blackberry smartphones, the company also manufactures and sells the TCL and Alcatel branded smartphones.

The KEYone has a 12MP Large Pixel (1.55 um) camera with an IMX378 sensor. In addition, an 8MP front facing camera with a front LED flash is also included.

The KeyOne, previously known as Mercury, features a Qwerty keyboard alongside a touchscreen display.

"We're humbled to play such an important role in the future of BlackBerry smartphones, which have been so iconic in our industry, and we're eager to prove to the BlackBerry community that their excitement around this new BlackBerry smartphone is something they can be proud of as well".

Like the BlackBerries of old, the KEYone has a physical keyboard with raised keys. The KEYone has an aluminum casing with a textured back panel. It's worth mentioning that the phone was designed and manufactured by TCL Communication, BlackBerry only licensed the brand name.

Microsoft reveals Skype Lite, a free, low connectivity app for India
It also has a built in interface to show users how much data is being consumed by Skype Lite over cellular or Wi-Fi connections. The app which can be downloaded via Google Play Store is a completely revamped version of the original Skype app .

The Blackberry Mercury has been in the rumor mills for quite a long time. There's an 8-megapixel camera on the front for video calls. And the device will come with a price tag of € 599, £ 499 and $549.

Here are the live update from the BlackBerry pre-MWC 2017 launch event. Want to automatically navigate home simply by holding down the "H" key on your phone? The keyboard's spacebar doubles as a fingerprint sensor, while the keyboard itself pulls double-duty as a scroll pad.

Blackberry is still into the Android smartphone business even though the numbers are seeing a dip.

BlackBerry KeyOne comes with a 3505 mAh battery which according to BlackBerry lasts 24 hours. BlackBerry KEYone draws power from a 3,505 battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and the company says that the battery should last for one full day or nearly two for light users.

BlackBerry KEYone will be available starting as early as April worldwide at retailers and at the company's new website. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm Audio port, and USB Type-C 3.1 port.

In November a year ago, the Canandian handset-maker had launched two smartphones - DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 - priced at Rs 21,990 and Rs 46,990 respectively.


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