The BlackBerry KEYone smartphone has been launched in India in partnership with manufacturing and distribution partner Optiemus Infracom. The smartphone was first launched at MWC 2017.
The BlackBerry KEYone has been priced at Rs. 39,990 in India.
It is the the last smartphone designed in-house by the BlackBerry company. Its biggest highlight is its physical QWERTY keyboard and BlackBerry’s own security and productivity software loaded into the device.
Another unique feature is the hardware “Convenience Key” that can be customized for various shortcuts.
The company has launched an improved version of BlackBerry KEYone, named the “BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black.” Plus, the Indian model also supports dual-SIM cards.
The company says this is the first ever BlackBerry smartphone with with dual-SIM card support.
Indian variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage configuration, insted of 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage configuration that was launched globally.
BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black specifications
The BlackBerry KEYone specifications aren’t top of the line but no one can call them bad, as the internals are not its highlights. Instead, its keyboard and software features are its main selling points. It has solid metal design which gives it the durability and looks.
The BlackBerry KEYone is a dual-SIM smartphone, and a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio (1080×1620 pixels) and a pixel density of 433ppi. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at up to 2GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM.
The BlackBerry KEYone comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.
It is powered by a 3505mAh non-removable battery that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, said to charge the smartphone from zero to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. It runs the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat with BlackBerry’s own set of software.
The KEYone sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, EIS, and dual-tone LED flash, on the front is has an 8-megapixel front camera that sports an f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle lens.
Coming to the software of the smartphone, the security apps such as DTEK by BlackBerry and BlackBerry Password Keeper have been pre-installed, It also has productivity apps such as BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Productivity Edge, and BlackBerry Workspaces.
The company is also putting spotlight to the “Smart Keyboard” functionality, which offers contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction, and ‘flick typing’ that adapts to the user’s writing style.
Connectivity options for the BlackBerry KEYone supports 4G VoLTE, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, FM radio, USB Type-C (3.1) pirt, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor.
The smartphone measures 149.3×72.5×9.4mm, and weighs 180 grams. Overall it is a very solid device, with premium build quality and feel.
The BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black has been priced at Rs. 39,990 in India.
We recommend this smartphone to everyone, as it is well balanced phone, and a must buy for those who do tons of writing of mails, messages and content.