BlackBerry KEYone's FCC approval brings the phone one step closer to its U.S. launch

BlackBerry KEYone's FCC approval brings the phone one step closer to its U.S. launch
The BlackBerry KEYone is supposed to be released next month, and the phone recently took one giant step toward its U.S. launch by getting certified by the FCC. The KEYone is supposed to be the last 'Berry designed in-house, and the company is using its traditional three-row physical keyboard with a number pad on the left. Some consider the physical QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 to be the gold standard, and while BlackBerry might fall short of that with its new phone, it is sure to top the QWERTY that is used on the BlackBerry Priv.

As usual, the FCC documentation doesn't tell us that much about the specs of the phone, although we do have an illustration showing the FCC label and the placement of it. The FCC ID number for the device is 2ACCJN016. With the certification in place, U.S. pre-orders can soon begin. In Germany and in the U.K., some retailers have already started taking reservations for the device.

For those who haven't committed the specs to memory, the BlackBerry KEYone carries a Gorilla Glass 4 protected 4.5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). Powering the phone is the Snapdragon 625 chipset featuring an octa-core 2.0GHz CPU and the Adreno 506 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. A 256GB capacity microSD slot is available for those seeking additional storage.

The 12MP rear camera sensor is the same one found on the Pixel handsets, which is to say that it is the Sony IMX378. The camera offers an f/2.0 aperture and PDAF laser focusing. The 8MP front-facing camera on the KEYone will also contain the same sensor used on the Pixel models, which is the Samsung S5K4H8/Omnivision OV8856. A 3505mAh battery provides long battery life, and Quick Charge 3.0 will fill the juicer half way in just 36 minutes. Android 7.1 is pre-installed.

With the FCC crossed off BlackBerry's things-to-do list, we could hear information about the launch of the handset at any time now.

source: FCC via Crackberry

Related phones

  • 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



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sounds like it's going to be released soon, but I don't expect blackberry to make a lot with the current price of the device.

5. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

As long as their sales targets are realistic I think they'll be just fine. I doubt they expect Galaxy S or iPhone numbers.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I just think they haven't learned a thing from the Priv and the Passport. But we will see, provided they release the sales numbers and not some deviated answer.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're right about that, Subie. TCL/BlackBerry Mobile already confirmed that this aimed at niche market/enterprise sales, and they were the ones that priced this device. BlackBerry themselves have nothing to do with pricing of any BlackBerry branded handset since they got out of the hardware business.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Thank you for not insulting our intelligence with the typical copout answer of niche markets and what not. That won't be a suitable answer for the lack of sales if you are a shareholder or someone who has interest in the company.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thank you for posting a factual answer, and not resorting to the copout answer of saying that TCL/BlackBerry Mobile aiming the KEYone at niche market/enterprise sales is a copout answer. Some people here choose to remain ignorant of verifiable facts, and thus continue to make admittedly willfully ignorant statements concerning BlackBerry, especially since the hardware sales of the KEYone won't have any impact on BlackBerry, but rather, their licensees. Especially since BlackBerry no longer has a smartphone hardware division.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Of course, you're going to have the usual case of blackberry denial, especially when someone thinks blackberry won't be affected if the KeyONE flops because of the price. Then you're left wondering what happened while the usual party will be making excuses. We all know blackberry isn't in the hardware business anymore after their last two flagship phones sold poorly because of the price, so no need to state the only.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

As usual, you continue to remain ignorant, knowing full well that since BlackBerry isn't in the smartphone hardware business anymore that hardware sales won't be counted either for or against BlackBerry. That's like saying Samsung hardware sales count for or against Google. But of course, you can't help but post wilfully ignorant statements because you already admitted to doing it because you troll BlackBerry because of me. But do continue to make yourself look like the ignorant fool that we already know you to be.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That is a stupid example and you know it. But I'm going to excuse the part where you said blackberry is no longer in the hardware business considering I said that before, and you of course blew a fuse. Why don't you just get over it. I'm not posting things just because you say I am. You just don't want to hear the truth.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

No it's not. You're just seething with anger right now because I proved your BS wrong with that example. BlackBerry now has licensees just like Google does. Google has others build the hardware for their OS. BlackBerry now has others build the hardware for their version of Android. You're just too ignorant to see that it's a perfect example. Now you're backtracking with the "...going to excuse..." BS. Lmao! And you already admitted to posting ignorant troll comments on BlackBerry articles because of me. Need me to link the article that you said it in to further prove you wrong?

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blackberry licensing out their software to take the heat off making poor selling devices isn't the same as Google licensing out Android. You would have been more accurate if you said Nexus instead of Android. But you're just being ignorant because you don't know what you are talking about. And blackberry hasn't had "others." Last time I checked, TCL was one company, not a few. Don't get bumburned just because I corrected you. You should feel honored that I am educating you with the truth. Lord knows you desperately need educating and counseling. Feel free to continue pulling bs from your rear like you normally do.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry, Google and Microsoft all do the same thing. They license out software to others to build the hardware. You can try to switch up the facts to suit your warped narrative all you want, but that still won't make it true. You even admitted to Crispin that he was right when he posted a comment supporting what I said (and be default, that's admitting that I was right). You also admitted to posting willfully ignorant statements on BlackBerry articles to Crispin as well, because of our "little feud". But I expect you to respond with your typical "I don't recall saying that", or some other BS. I hope you do, so that I can link the article and prove you to be a lying troll once again. And last time I checked, BlackBerry licenses out their software and brand to THREE companies, not just TCL. There's also PT BB Merah Putih in Indonesia and Optiemus. These are verifiable FACTS. They even had articles about it here on PA. Thank you proving once again how ignorant you really are concerning BlackBerry. Lmao! You should feel honored that I am educating you with the TRUTH/FACTS, that I've backed up with links. Something you could have done and saved yourself from looking even more ignorant than you already do, had you just done a little research. Lord knows that you desperately need educating and counseling, especially since you don't even bother to do something as simple as research. Feel free to try and deny what I just posted, even though I posted links to support my post, in your continued effort to post willfully ignorant comments and make yourself look like a complete jack@$$ here. Lmao!

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

First of all, you have no room to talk about me not agreeing with you even though you think what you said is similar. Funny how that works. The reason you are even caring so much is because I said your example was flawed. I don't care what links you post. It still won't make it any truer. You're doing what you do best, exaggerate. I don't post ignorant statements because of some imaginary feud that you think is ongoing. Last time I checked, TCL had several devices out with another about to be released. Even so, those are for markets that don't apply to the US market. Who cares what links you provide? I don't really care about it as much as you do. You are still living in the realm of denial.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

First of all, pot meet kettle. You've no room to talk someone not agreeing with you, especially since you already proved that you'll never agree with me, even when what I'm saying is a fact. So you never said that you don't post ignorant statements because of our "little feud"? Then what's this? on28 Jan 2017, 18:18ReportReply 33. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15754; Member since: 21 Apr 2012) Admittedly, I let my little feud with It cloud my better judgment instead of rationally thinking. That was taken from here, where you've also had to backtrack on your statement about the PRIV camera after Crispin got in that decrepit @$$ of yours: So please tell me again how you don't make ignorant statements because of our "little feud", as you called it. ROTFLMAO!! So links that prove what I said about BlackBerry having more than one licensee won't make the fact that BlackBerry has more than one licensee any more true? Do you even read the BS that you post before you hit that button? Lmao! You just done the impossible, which is make yourself look even more like an ignorant troll than you already are. TCL having several devices out has nothing to do with BlackBerry having other licensees. The U.S. market isn't the world, and it certainly doesn't mean that any other market isn't relevant. You're seething with anger now because I made you look like the ignorant buffoon that you already are by posting links to back up my statement, and now you're in denial because of them. How about you post links my links wrong? Don't worry, I'll wait....

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually I have agreed with you before. Begrudgingly, but still was agreeing. Next lie, please. I expected you to misunderstand my comment much like you always do. I can say one thing about blackberry and you will get your panties in a twist or spaz out and respond as your jplightning alias. No, you're seething in anger just because I said your example was inadequate. You're like that one girl who won't stop after being rejected and tossed to the side. I apologize for using that example, well not really, because I know it's foreign to you. I don't give a flip what bs link you post. Unless they have hardware out or are distributing hardware, then it's irrelevant.

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can "begrudgingly" say the same about you, so right back at you. Lol, no one misunderstood anything. You're just angrily backtracking because I proved you to be the willfully ignorant troll that you are in your batmite persona. Lmao! You keep trying to twist the facts to suit your false narrative, and it's hilarious. Now you're trying to deflect from the fact that I posted links to shut your ignorant BS down and put you in your place, and YES, PT BB Merah Putih has hardware out, AND they are distributing it. There was even a few articles about it here on PA that you commented on. But of course, you probably don't even know what those articles were about because you just "BlackBerry" in the title and commenced to trolling, without even reading the article. And now your moving the goalpost, as if not having hardware out yet means that you don't have a deal in place, even though the linked article that you refuse to read proves you to be the ignorant lying troll that you are. But do continue to try and deflect, backtrack, and move the goalpost, while I lmmfao at your willfull ignorance.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But you just lied and said I don't ever agree with you even though that technically wasn't true. You're just backtracking now. I'm not batmite, jplightning, so you didn't prove anything. Stop being ignorant. Oh that's funny. You of all people should NOT be accusing anymore of moving the goalpost considering that you do it quite often. You are just showing me how much of a hypocrite you are. You move the goalpost all the time, especially when you have been proven wrong. When someone points it out, you like to throw a big hissy fit over it.

70. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

So did you. Hypocrite, much? Backtrack often? I can say the same thing about you thinking that I'm jplightning, batmite. So stop being ignorant. I can, and I just did, accuse you of moving the goalpost because you just did it, and you do it frequently. You've always shown how much of a hypocrite you are, and that's something that's evident by the fact that more people have called you a hypocrite on this site than anyone else. You're just seething with anger now because I proved your ignorance and lies wrong with links to back them up, something that you always do when someone shuts down your ignorant BS.

75. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No I didn't. You're lying. But you admitted to having aliases and you have had several accounts before. Get over it. You're just bumburned because I'm not batmite. Only someone with multiple personality disorder would believe that. S. O. S. I'll let you try and figure out what that means. You are posting the same garbage over and over again. You and I both know that you are always moving the goalpost whenever you're put in place. It's a reoccurring thing with you. But I guess that's just your way of coping with not being able to strike out let alone make it to first base.

80. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you did. You're trying to change the facts to suit your false narrative once again. But you admitted to making willfully ignorant statements on BlackBerry articles because of our "little feud", as you called it, as well as the fact that you admitted to trolling BlackBerry incessantly because I constantly put you in your place regarding them. I don't have or need alias accounts. Only a trolling idiot that's deflecting because he has alias accounts would believe that. Right back at you. You post the same trolling BS over and over again on every BlackBerry article. You and I both know that you're always trying to change the facts to suit your own false narrative, especially when you get put in your place. It's a recurring thing with you. Lol, and why would I want to "strike out", as opposed to hitting a home run like I always do? Try reading what you typed before hitting "post comment" next time. That way, you might actually make sense.

85. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Whatever man. We both know you're just going to move that goalpost back even more after being proven wrong. It's in your nature. As for hitting a home run, well you have to step into the ballpark first.

90. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Whatever, dudette. We both know that you're just going to keep on changing the facts to suit your false narrative. You can't help it. It's what trolls like you do. I OWN the ballpark. You just watch from outside of the gates.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can't wait for this gorgeous handset to be released!

12. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

They should have gone with the SD652 as it's top notch in terms of mid range performance and battery life. Ah well, I'd still be interested if it works on Verizon as a backup phone.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

From what I've heard, the performance of the 625 SoC with that ample battery that's included is great! And judging from JP's comment below, I'd also say that the 625 was good choice for this handset.

19. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It was quite a performer in the Moto Z Play though there were some times where it was a bit sluggish but smooth overall. Would have been nice if they used a newer mid range processor but It's still good if they price it right and made it available to more carriers (and the carriers not hide it like they did with the Priv).

3. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


4. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Definitely a phone I have to see in person!

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same here. I would have to see it in person, but I don't think it will be able to compete with my 6P.

20. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It totally depends on how you compare it and what you want from a device. If you want a nice big screen and gaming power then the 6P all the way. If you want that pkb and a cooler running more energy efficient SOC in a skinnier package, then KEYone. And by skinier I mean width wise ;) There's just so many ways to compare devices it's a good thing we have plenty of choices to find just what we need and want. Hardware, software, and price point...

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