May 05, 2017 11:12 AM EDT
Blackberry unveiled their new KeyOne smartphone that is sold at a price of $549 for the unlocked version. The Canadian smartphone maker is struggling to maintain their presence in the Android ecosystem with all their competitors like OnePlus offering similar phones at a much cheaper price. Blackberry recently said they plan to concentrate on security in the future and even won a lawsuit against Qualcomm for overpaid royalties.
The Blackberry KeyOne has a physical QWERTY keypad where the space bar on the keyboard serves as a fingerprint sensor. An in-depth review from Tech Crunch mentions that using the QWERTY keyboard can take some time to get used to unless the user has been using a similar keypad before. Blackberry began releasing their handsets running Android operating system since 2015.
The Blackberry KeyOne indeed has Blackberry's BBM messenger app that is still being used by many. The device has a nice build quality and is equipped with premium hardware and is one of the better smartphones from the manufacturer for some time now. Meanwhile, another report from The Verge praises the device highlighting as to why it gets all work done without any hassles.
Even if the phone is built by TCL, Blackberry KeyOne still marketed as a Blackberry device since they themselves don't manufacturer phones anymore. The fingerprint sensor on the new smartphone works flawlessly, it's perfectly hidden in the space bar on the keypad. It might not be the perfect device for watching videos or using Snapchat, it isn't built for those purposes but is primarily aimed at people who type a lot of emails.
Specifications for the Blackberry KeyOne include a 4.5-inch 1620:1080 in a 3:2 display. A Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is powered by a 3500mAh battery that also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 battery charging technology. The phone runs the latest version of Android Nougat OS v7.1.
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