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BlackBerry KEYone: let's review its specs!

BlackBerry KEYone: let's review its specs!

A new age for BlackBerry smartphones has begun — the devices are out of the company's hands and are being designed and built by TCL. Fear not, BB's full software suite will still be available on the new handsets. The first product to come out of this partnership is the newly-announced BlackBerry KEYone. Sporting a very classy look and the good-old hardware keyboard, it will make the loyal fans grin. But what's under its hood? Let's take a deeper look!

Design


BlackBerry KEYone: let's review its specs!
Incorporating a penguin-like, elegant black and white (OK, black and silver) pattern, metallic structure with a grippy, patterned rubber back, a backlit keyboard, and nicely curved sides, the KEYone just looks great. Sized at 5.87 x 2.85 x 0.37 inches (149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm), it feels just right in the hand, though maybe a tad thick and just a bit heavy, weighing in at 6.35 oz (180 g).

As for hardware controls, we've got a power button on the left, a volume rocker on the right, and, just beneath it, the very, very useful mute key. The Android nav buttons are placed on a capacitive strip, just between the screen and hardware keyboard.

Display


Snapdragon 625's key features

Snapdragon 625's key features

As expected, we've got a rather unorthodox display on the device. It's a 4.5-inch screen with a 1080 x 1620 pixel resolution, which means its aspect ratio is 2:3. Great for viewing documents and spreadsheets, as the Passport's 1:1 ratio showed us in the past. The pixel-per-inch density measures at 433, which basically means a very, very crisp image. The panel itself is an IPS LCD one, and its protected by a sheet of Gorilla Glass 4 — not the latest generation, but still the most-widely used tempered glass for high-class devices.

Hardware


BlackBerry KEYone: let's review its specs!
Here we go — the KEYone looks awesome, but what's under those shiny clothes? BlackBerry fans may be a bit disapponted to find out that it has a midrangers guts, but let's not forget that the flagship-grade BlackBerry DTEK60 was just released 4 months ago. With that said, let's take a closer look at the specs!

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 powers the KEYone, ticking at 2.0 GHz. Built on a 14 nm technology (read all about nanometers here), it's an energy-efficient, octa-core processor, packaged with an Adreno 506 GPU. Seen on phones like the Huawei Nova Plus and Lenovo P2, we'd say it's a pretty good processor, and we expect it to work very well with the slightly retouched Android 7.1 Nougat on KEYone.

3 GB of RAM seems like a bit less than expected for what is an upper-midrange device, as nowadays the norm is usually 4 GB of RAM. Still, we believe the KEYone will do a good job at multitasking with what it has. As for internal storage, we've got 32 GB on board and a microSD card slot for an expansion of up to 2 TB.

We were pretty happy to find out that the KEYone has a generous battery with a capacity of 3,505 mAh. Of course, it remains to be seen how well the software does at optimizing battery usage, but the size of that juicebox definitely suggests a long battery life.

Camera


BlackBerry KEYone: let's review its specs!
The main camera of the KEYone has a 12 MP sensor with large, 1.55 μm pixels, and a lens aperture of F2.0. This should translate to detailed images and awesome low-light performance, thanks to the big pixels and reasonably sizable aperture. Of course, we'll have to take it out for a spin, but on paper, the KEYone seems like it will have at least an above-average camera.

As for the selfie snapper, it sports an 8 MP sensor, so one's mugshots just might be too detailed to share. Again, we need some playtime with the KEYone to see how it works in the real world!

We've got 4K @30FPS video recording capabilities, and it seems there's no 60 FPS option for the lower resolution modes. So, no slow-motion as well, in case you were wondering. Also, make sure you fill that microSD card slot if you intend to grab a lot of 4K footage — the extreme resolution goes through storage like a 1,000-degree knife goes through butter.

Expectations


BlackBerry KEYone: let's review its specs!

So, what do we expect the KEYone to be? Well, it's a classy-looking, metal smartphone that just says "I'm serious business". Its hardware is definitely above average, and it remains to be seen if TCL did a good job with internal design and optimizations. For the price of $549 in the US, we feel the handset should be a performer with very few drawbacks and, so far, we see no reason for it not to be one. We guess only time will tell!

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posted on 25 Feb 2017, 13:30 7

1. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


I'd gladly pay $550 all day long

- Robust Aluminum build quality with sexy design
- Physical keyboard
- MicroSD slot
- 3500mah battery with Fast Charge
- 32gb with External Storage
- 12mp 1/2.3” Sensor Size
- 8mp Front Facing Camera
- Capable 625 Octa-Core Processor

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 20:15

22. shahinctg123 (Posts: 39; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


thumbs up

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 23:04

24. steodoreben (Posts: 361; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


I agree. But the physical design turns me off. BlackBerry Q5's design looks more promising IMO. They should have realized that.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 13:33 1

2. Furkan (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


Enough

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 13:47 6

3. meanestgenius (Posts: 16600; Member since: 28 May 2014)


While it may not be for some, $550 is the perfect price for me concerning the BlackBerry KeyOne. Specs and build quality all hit the mark for me. April can't come fast enough!

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 13:50 2

4. Busyboy (Posts: 637; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


"While it may not be for some"

That is an understatement

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:01 16

5. meanestgenius (Posts: 16600; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Agreed. But I personally never liked following the flock, anyway. I prefer to stand apart from the crowd, and this handset certainly does that.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:34 5

8. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


but it doenst change the fact that it will sell poorly.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:37 8

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 16600; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It also doesn't change the fact that I don't care how you think it will sell.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:44 2

12. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


until u get jack s**t support, but who cares your money bra

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:50 5

13. meanestgenius (Posts: 16600; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Let me elaborate: I don't care how you think it will sell, nor do I care about your uninformed opinions concerning the future support of this handset.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 16:37 4

16. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Just look at the passport and the Priv. It's going to get massacred by more capable devices at the same price.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 16:56 4

17. raky_b (Posts: 232; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


And!?
It's not like he will be shareholder of blackberry stocks if he buy device, so that he should care how good it sells.
It's all about will he be happy with that device or not.
To make it easier for you to understand, in samsung's language : let me say S7edge has outsell normal S7, but it's not beter device... It's same, but it's harder to use it and keep it whole. So i would never use it.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 17:14 1

19. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Who asked you? I never said anything about him being the shareholder that should care if it sells or not. Your analogy doesn't even make sense here.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 21:27 4

23. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2101; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Funny how dude didn't ask you for your opinion Pretzyld!ck and yet you still gave it.

#Hypocritemuch

posted on 27 Feb 2017, 12:53

28. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Oh look, DigitalJedi_X2 riding on Alphageek's coattails yet again.

posted on 27 Feb 2017, 16:13

29. meanestgenius (Posts: 16600; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Oh look, Mxyzptlk is seething with anger right now because even though he's created multiple faux accounts like his alphagenius one, everyone still knows he's an insignificant troll.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 10:22

30. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Man stfu. No one was talking to you. Now stop trying to get my attention unless you want another beat down.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 11:14

31. meanestgenius (Posts: 16600; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, you can't make me babybtch, and we both know that. You were talking about me, as you always refer to me as "Alphageek" (boy, he's taking up more rent free space in that teeny tiny brain than anyone else!), but it figures you're much to afraid to of getting dragged by me to admit it.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 23:21

32. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2101; Member since: 29 May 2014)


You mad bro? You mad? Lmao! Here comes Pretzyld!ck, trying to get the attention his daddy never gave him again.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 17:36 4

20. meanestgenius (Posts: 16600; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Totally agree. +1. There's no device being released today that offers what this device offers.

posted on 26 Feb 2017, 02:25

26. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


and that is? paying extra 200 euros for a PKB

posted on 26 Feb 2017, 10:15

27. meanestgenius (Posts: 16600; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I take it you have a hard time accepting the fact that I don't care about you or your opinion....don't like the price? Don't buy and move on. It's really that simple. No need to talk to me about it, because I don't care what you do.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:11

7. BeersAndTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


Hey Busyboy. Where is Ordinary at? Considering you guys are the same person.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:07 2

6. tango_charlie (Posts: 341; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Why do people freak out about that 3500mAh battery? Sure it's just a 4,5" display BUT the device is bigger than the S7 Edge in almost every dimension which has even a bigger battery at 3600mAh

Blackberry KeyOne: (149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm) 3505mah

Samsung S7 Edge: (150,9 x 72,6 x 7,7mm) 3600mAh

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:38 1

10. Xperia14 (Posts: 914; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Because it will (most likely) lead to better battery life.

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 14:39

11. diggie32 (Posts: 315; Member since: 03 Apr 2016)


Looks like only one dimension is bigger. Not "almost every dimension"

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 15:45 1

15. tango_charlie (Posts: 341; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Yes indeed. Right after I posted it I saw that I made a mistake, but couldn't edit it. But still the 3505mAh isn't that big considering the device is kinda as big as a S7 Edge. xperia

posted on 25 Feb 2017, 17:00 1

18. raky_b (Posts: 232; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Screen size is what matters for battery consumption, not size of whole device since screen is what use most of it's juice... And this one has screen size like S4 (or even s3) had, and a bigger battery capacity... So it should be fine for a full day of heavy usage.
At least i hope so

posted on 26 Feb 2017, 01:24

25. tango_charlie (Posts: 341; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


No doubt. It will probably have a great battery life. I read a lot of comments where people freaked out about the battery like it was a big engineering achievement to put a 3500mAh battery in a 4,5" device without considering the device is a big as a S7 Edge.

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