BlackBerry KEYone with QWERTY Keyboard, 4.5-inch Display, Android 7.1 announced

27 February, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Alicia Barber
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We look forward to finding out just how good an option it is. Despite being drastically different smartphones, we thought it'd be fun to compare the two.

A Reddit thread quickly popped up and eagle-eyed users already took screenshots of the BlackBerry KeyOne product page while it was still live.

In terms of design, LG has made a decision to go down a more traditional route, with the G6 featuring a unibody metal and glass construction.

The phone comes with a 4.5-inch screen with an anodized aluminium frame and soft-touch fabric on the back.

Surprise! BlackBerry is still at it, coming out with smartphone after smartphone, despite being overshadowed by everyone. BlackBerry says the KEYone is the "perfect device, with no compromises". However this is one of the most interesting things about the device. One handed operation is surprisingly easy, helped along by some software features that LG has incorporated to take advantage of the aspect ratio.

KEYone has a 4.5 inch full HD display with a physical keyboard on the bottom.

Some of the cost is probably sunk into the keyboard-a physical QWERTY is rare these days. The keyboard also can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, such as pressing "I" for your inbox or "M" to access maps.

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A 4.5in 1620x1080 display sits above the retro keys and under the hood you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and a 3,505mAh battery. The KEYone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card. The traditional programmable BlackBerry "Convenience Key" is on the side.

BlackBerry was once one of the most dominant brands in the mobile phone world, but quickly fell from the top of the heap shortly after Apple introduced the iPhone.

The device is also the first smartphone to provide the security of fingerprint sensor built directly into the keyboard space bar for added security. There's an 8-megapixel camera on the front for video calls. In terms of cameras, the main unit equals the magnificent Sony IMX378 sensor that is used on the Google Pixel and has the same 12MP lens.

As has been the case with previous devices, the KEYone runs a relatively untouched version of Android Nougat 7.1, complimented by BlackBerry's security and productivity software, like the BlackBerry Hub and DTEK. That'll be fun for all six of you who want a BlackBerry!

Now that it's official and all of its specs have been laid out, what do you think of the BlackBerry KeyOne?

The BlackBerry Smart Keyboard is also part of it and according to the company, this is the most advanced keyboard to date.

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