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

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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.

"In a world of look-a-like smartphones, the KEYone stands out with multiple unforgettable features including Fingerprints’ touch sensor in the keyboard. We look forward to the expansion of our partnership and future BlackBerry devices based on our secure sensor technology."-Christian Fredrikson, CEO, Fingerprint Cards AB

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 BlackBerry KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone


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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posted on 28 Feb 2017, 18:26 1

1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 18:34 1

4. azimesmail (Posts: 261; Member since: 23 Nov 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 18:44

5. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 20:03 2

14. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2075; Member since: 23 Jan 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 18:31

2. Bankz (Posts: 1935; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Thats so sweet

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 18:33

3. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


That's the ticket. Seamless interface integration.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 19:28 1

6. Z..... (banned) (Posts: 355; Member since: 01 Feb 2017)


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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 19:32 3

8. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 19:36

10. Z..... (banned) (Posts: 355; Member since: 01 Feb 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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 19:47 6

12. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 20:05

17. Z..... (banned) (Posts: 355; Member since: 01 Feb 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...

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 20:22 2

19. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 20:00 2

13. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2075; Member since: 23 Jan 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 20:03 1

15. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lmao! Word!

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 20:07

18. Z..... (banned) (Posts: 355; Member since: 01 Feb 2017)


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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 20:24 2

20. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2927; Member since: 03 Oct 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.

posted on 01 Mar 2017, 05:45

24. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2098; Member since: 29 May 2014)


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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 20:03

16. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


What the hell are you even?

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 22:15

22. uzimafioso (Posts: 458; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 23:16 1

23. trojan_horse (Posts: 4569; Member since: 06 May 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

posted on 01 Mar 2017, 07:52

25. jellmoo (Posts: 1973; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 19:35

9. bossman (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jan 2016)


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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 19:38

11. Z..... (banned) (Posts: 355; Member since: 01 Feb 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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 21:16 1

21. jellmoo (Posts: 1973; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 19:31 3

7. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 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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