BlackBerry KeyOne brings the keyboard back at Mobile World Congress

Allan Goodman
March 1, 2017

TCT will likely release at least one more BlackBerry-branded phone this year, and will determine the rollout for the next two or three phones once it sees how the market is doing, he said.

In recent years, BlackBerry's operating system struggled to compete against Android and Apple's iOS, both of which dominate the market.

The TCL executive also revealed that there will be more BlackBerry products coming to target the consumer market.

"We want to congratulate TCL Communications on the launch of KEYone", says Alex Thurber, senior vice president and general manager, Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. In terms of style, BlackBerry KeyOne has a metal frame, while the back of the phone is textured which not only gives the phone a premium look but help with grip as well. In true BlackBerry fashion, the keyboard on the KEYone is excellent, with YouTube reviewer Mr. It also sports a 12-megapixel Sony IMX 378 rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies. Further, it comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD (up to 2TB). It will sport a 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and run on Android 7.1 Nougat with BlackBerry's security-related tweaks.

Keyboard: Physical smart keyboard which responds to touch gestures and mimics BlackBerry trackpad, thereby allowing flick typing.

It's particularly effective when using the split-screen feature that arrived with Android 7, because on any other phone nearly all of one app gets lost behind the letters as you type in the other. It'll offer up hints and tips of how the user can enhance their security if their device is at risk.

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

Segan loved KeyOne's keyboard. It featured the classic and iconic BlackBerry physical QWERTY keyboard that defined the company and smartphone category in the early days.

Remember the Priv? That weird passport-sized, keyboard-equipped Android handset that didn't fit very well in your pocket?

It will have full access to the Google Play store for apps, but it also comes with BlackBerry Hub for messaging.

The black KeyOne will go on sale in April for $549/£499/€599 and will be available around the world through various retailers and carriers. The more hard challenge for TCL, he says, will be to return BlackBerry to growth.

It can be noticed that in several reports, the KEYone is considered a big chance for the BlackBerry brand's comeback.

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