BlackBerry KEYone features fingerprint scanner built in to the QWERTY keyboard's space bar

BlackBerry KEYone features fingerprint scanner built in to the QWERTY keyboard's space bar
One of the ingenious things about the BlackBerry KEYone, is the placement of the fingerprint scanner embedded inside the space bar on the keyboard. This is the first time that a biometric reader is found built into a phone's physical QWERTY keyboard. Part of that is due to the fact that not too many smartphones these days have a physical keyboard built in. The unique fingerprint scanner was created by a company called Fingerprint Cards AB. The latter worked with the hardware team at BlackBerry to get the job done.

In a press release that BlackBerry disseminated today, the company said that Fingerprint's touch sensor FPC1145 offers high performance with a small form factor providing "lightning fast authentication." The BlackBerry KEYone is the second 'Berry to feature a fingerprint scanner following the inclusion of the feature on the DTEK60. BlackBerry says that the FPC1145 sensor employed on the KEYone is a revolutionary robust fingerprint sensor that works with both dry or wet fingers.


The BlackBerry KEYone will be released in April, priced at $549 USD. The company is accepting registrations that will alert those interested when the phone will be available to be pre-ordered.


The keyboard will feature flick typing, on-screen navigation using the QWERTY as a touchpad, and single-letter shortcuts.

source: BlackBerry

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KEYone
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh

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25 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's pretty neat. Although I'm not too sold on an all PKB phone

4. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

It's definitely for a niche market. I'm definitely looking forward to it. I can stop carrying around two devices now. I hate virtual keyboards, so I've been using a Blackberry Passport for calls, emails, texts, etc. And either an iPhone or Android for my "media" device.

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Something about Android builds 5.0x and up have seemingly destroyed whatever charm virtual keyboards had. I think even the old Windows Phone 7 and 8 builds had largely more comfortable virtual keyboards, hell even the dead ZUNE does it better than most stock android (stock being the focus term) intangible keyboards. This Blackberry is a call back to when it was hard to screw up mobile QWERTY platforms.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You know you're not going to anyway, but if you're truly interested, BlackBerry introduced swipe enabling on the Priv. Yeah, your favorite BlackBerry.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Thats so sweet

3. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

That's the ticket. Seamless interface integration.

6. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

A nice ok looking phone with a trashy Cpu,Gpu.... How stupid idiots, no 6gb Ram, or E8890 or S820, nor X30.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's been told to you by several different people why the specs are what they are for this handset, but you refuse to even attempt to understand why.

10. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

I'm angry and pisset off. Fk them punkjunkd. I hope it fails and sells nothing. They pisset alot off its users and fans. No 6gb Ram No E8890 S821

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

It didn't piss off any BlackBerry users or fans. They loved it. Check BlackBerry related forums to see the truth. It's not meant to compete with today's latest and greatest. It's meant for productivity, reliability and longevity. It has that with these specs. It's target audiences are BlackBerry users/fans, businesses and enterprise. Stop trolling.

17. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Trolling... Are you serious? Those people don't care about specs, they just need a phone to perform ok. So just because it didn't meet my demands I'm trolling. I should accept what they gave to its users. A big BB fanboy you are. At that price you can get so many highend Android phones with much better specs. Lmfao a s**tey A53 cores. Even the S810 or S808 is better than that energy efficiency Cpu...

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes Arte, I'm serious. Yes, we all know that it's you, Arte. You were just released from your "limited" status for trolling iOS articles, specifically certain users there. And you're right, this phone is more for people that care about reliability, performance and longevity, not for spec wh0r3s. Calling it junk and wishing it fails is trolling. No two ways about it. The users are the ones that like handset, and you most certainly are not a BlackBerry user. A big, racist troll is what you are. I've seen your vile comments regarding Africans and those of African decent. Those who this handset is geared towards do not need the latest specs, they need what I mentioned above. This conversation is now over. I've lowered my standards enough talking to a racist like you.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'd be a bitter troll too if I was as uneducated as you. If you're going to troll BB articles I suggest you bring your A game, we got skeelz.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Word!

18. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Another big BB fanboy saying I'm trolling. Lmao. Just because I didn't like the specs I'm a troll.... Dumbass kid...

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No, they called you a troll just because of how you delivered your message, you sounded like a small kid blabbering about how he didn't get his favorite candy.

24. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

You'll be banned by the end of the week.

16. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

What the hell are you even?

22. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Motorola is selling the G5 Plus for $230 in the US. Same specs, a flagship specced camera and a larger display, with a metal build. I don't need to understand where the money goes.

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But the Moto G5 Plus doesn't feature a physical keyboard, which is the whole point of this KEYone... It is geared towards the enterprise, which means it ain't meant for the general masses. Let's not forget the KEYone's top-of-the-line security, which is something enterprises value way more than specs! And, consumers in the enterprise sector are definitely more than capable if affording

25. jellmoo

Posts: 2567; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Then get the G5 Plus? If those are the criteria that matter to you, by all means you have a great option in front of you. If you value a physical keyboard, top notch battery life and rapid fire security updates, get a KEYOne.

9. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

It's not always about specs, it's about performance.

11. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

With a energy efficiency rubbish A53 slow snail Cpu. A57 or A72 A53 A35 Are both junk Only great if it had 4Xa57+4xA53

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2567; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What exactly does it need a faster processor/gpu and or more RAM to do? This isn't a gaming device, heck I can only imagine how bad landscape gaming would be... For everything else, the specs are perfect. Take a look at the Moto Z Play. Smooth as butter for everything that isn't gaming.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

Already known, but it's an awesome place for a fingerprint scanner. Can't wait to get my hands on this gorgeous pkb phone.

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