BlackBerry KEYone in bronze hands-on


What a year it's been for BlackBerry, who saw a resurgence in the smartphone market thanks to its surprisingly lauded KEYone! While many critics and consumer might've been skeptical about the phone's arrival, especially in a space where premium flagships are constantly taking a lot of the attention, the KEYone brought on a refreshing change of scenery and pace with its solid, well-rounded performance. And you know what? It's no wonder that the phone continues to be a driving force in BlackBerry's portfolio, as a slightly new variant of the phone has been announced at CES 2018. 

We've already seen a slightly tweaked version of the KEYone launched over the late summer, a model boasting upped hardware in the form of more RAM and internal storage, but here at CES 2018, we're getting a new color variant of the popular keyboard packing Android smartphone. Now available in this bronze color, it supplements the lineup's existing silver and black edition colors. Much like the silver one, this bronze one offers a pleasant contrast to the phone's black accented frame. It's actually more of this matte bronze finish, which still makes it feel like flagship phone in terms of its construction. 

Everything about the phone is the same as the other color variants, but it boasts the beefier 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. This includes the same Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 display with Gorilla Glass 4, 12MP rear camera, and 3505 mAh battery cell. And yes, the same lovable physical keyboard is still there – giving the phone a versatile and unique package you won't find in other phones, including flagship level ones. 

As much as the bronze color will complement the lineup, this particular model is also notable for the fact that it's also packing dual-SIM slots with LTE support, which should do nicely for those users who require this functionality. When it comes to availability, the BlackBerry KEYone will be rolled later in Q1 2018, but only in a select few markets – Asia, Europe, and the Middle East from the looks of it. Even though the KEYone has infiltrated sales channels here in the US, it's unseen if this particular color option will be made readily available stateside. Then again, if the color is enough to pull you in, then there's no reason for you to not hesitate to import one.

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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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7 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great option for those in the market for a BlackBerry KEYone. Such a great device. Cannot say enough good things about it. Looking forward to the sequel, the BlackBerry KEYtwo.

2. MroziQ

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

They should upgrade SoC... I had this device, looks superb but also laggy af. Couldn't stand with this phone more than 2 weeks. Btw the phisical keyboard is also nice and comfortable to use although it requires a habit

5. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nice to see a less biased review from someone because you get much more rounded feedback. I almost bought one when it first came out. I don't think the SoC it uses is something that would stand up over time.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

I find that strange, because “lag” is something that most, if not all, reviewers of the handset never mentioned.

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

My only complain about this device, the software UI doesn't feel like BlackBerry at all, it lack of BlackBerry UI design. I get it, they want fast update, but with their near stock Android and still slow major update, I rather have they touch up a little bit of the UI with more BlackBerry DNA.

4. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Blackberry isn't exactly known for their timely Android updates and stock probably works better than a heavy Android skin. The less things blackberry has working against it the better I presume.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you enable the BB10 icon pack, it gives the KEYᵒⁿᵉ a more “BlackBerry” look. What I miss from BB10 are the swipe gestures, but it seems that BlackBerry is bringing over more and more BB10 features with every update. I love the apps that BlackBerry continues to release for their Android offerings. But yeah, they chose to stick with near Android for easier updating, and their monthly security updates are among the fastest and most feature packed around.

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