MWC 2017: BlackBerry KEYone unveiled

To recall, Blackberry in September announced to end its design and production unit, and license the brand to partners.

TCL, also the parent group of Alcatel, launched the new BlackBerry KEYone at Mobile World in Barcelona on February 25.

The newly introduced smartphone is also very secure with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the keyboard spacebar.

The phone will feature a 4.5-inch display (1,620 x 1,080 resolution) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for greater impact and scratch protection.

Meanwhile, in terms of technical specifications, the BlackBerry KEYone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with the Adreno 506 graphics processing unit (GPU), 3 GB of random-access memory (RAM) and 32 GB of built-in storage.

"A 12MP camera is placed at the back with dual-tone LED Flash, 1/2.3" sensor size, f/2.0 aperture, Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF, 1.55μm pixel size.

BlackBerry KEYOne does feature a USB Type-C port, a 3mm headphone jack and a noise cancellation microphone. Today's announcement reveals all there is to the new device from TCL bearing the BlackBerry branding and their security software expertise.




The phone boots Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and is armed with a 3505mAh battery, which also has support for fast charging in the form of Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0. According to the site, no one needs a physical keyboard as part of the phone nowadays. The display is impact resistant and the KEYone comes with a soft-grip textured back.

"Impressively created to be distinctly different, the BlackBerry KEYone reimagines how we communicate by offering unmatched productivity and the world's most secure Android smartphone experience", said Nicolas Zibell, CEO at TCL Communication.

The KeyOne is the first BlackBerry handset to come out under TCL's watch.

Usually, the Blackberry phones were all solid and had only the physical keys and a standard display that was non-touch.

Staple BlackBerry features on the device include the BlackBerry Hub repository for all your various communications, and DTEK security software. The power button, volume rocker, and the SIM card are placed on the right edge of the device. The exact pricing will be known at the time of its availability in April.

TCL Communication is now taking pre-orders for the device, which will become available from April 2017. BlackBerry KEYone runs Android 7.1 Nougat and the company has worked on adding security at every layer of the development, making it the most secured Android smartphone.

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