Do you plan to buy the BlackBerry KEYone?

Do you plan to buy the BlackBerry KEYone?
Earlier today at MWC 2017, BlackBerry resurrected the QWERTY keyboard with the KEYone - an unusual Android smartphone built by TCL, BlackBerry's new hardware partner.

Initially known as BlackBerry Mercury, the KEYone runs Android 7.1 Nougat reinforced with BlackBerry-specific security. The phone's front is dominated by its 4.5-inch display with 1080 x 1620 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio, and its QWERTY keyboard (which, in addition to having physical keys to type on, is also touch-sensitive, letting you use gestures and swiping). Other highlight features include a Snapdragon 625 processor, a 12 MP rear camera, 3 GB of RAM, and a 3,505 mAh battery. 

In our BlackBerry KEYone hands-on preview, we're arguing that this is a good looking, well made device, yet it's a niche product - since almost everyone now wants a large display on their smartphone, not a hardware keyboard. Still, in this official blog post, the folks at BlackBerry say the following:


So we're curious to find out how many of our readers are planning to buy the BlackBerry KEYone. In case you're wondering, the smartphone will be sold unlocked for $549, being compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and even Verizon's LTE network. Unfortunately, the KEYone won't be released before April, although registration pages have already gone live in the US and Canada.

Do you plan to buy the BlackBerry KEYone?

Yes
44.14%
No
37.45%
Not sure yet
18.41%

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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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46 Comments

1. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Voted no. I hope they will release KeyTwo with sd835 and then I will vote Yes.q

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep! Sure do! The balance of performance and longevity on a pkb device is absolutely my thing.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm curious to how its SOT will be The Moto Z Play get 12+ hr SOT The KEYone has the same SoC, battery size, but a smaller 4.5" screen (vs 5.5" on the Z Play) So it could probably get like 16+hr SOT

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2661; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Leaning towards yes, but I need to actually hold it in hand to feel out the keyboard. I;ll also need to see if the camera lives up to the pedigree.

4. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Maybe if they have a version without the keyboard.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You van look at their DTEKs un this case. Buy trust me, Blackberries have nothing going on for themselves. You're paying for the brand name and nothing else. I'd rather wait for The S8 or iPhone 8 instead of dropping down my hard earned cash on a phone that's 20 year old right out of the factory.

13. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Now ya just trollin' frfr. It's a real shame how much of a $#33p that ya have become.

19. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

oh?????

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Absolutely... I'm MREVERYPHONE!!

6. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Yes. I am buying one. This phone tick all squares for me for what I need in a phone.

7. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ya know it! And to the haters that voted that had no intentions of coppin' one in the first place, go thataway!-------->

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Jobs killed PKBs ages ago, and for good reasons...! I got rid of physical keyboards years ago. And I'm not going back to these antiques any time soon (if ever). For everyday normal usage, a full screened smartphone is exactly what you need.

9. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Maaaaaaan, kill that noise! Ya exactly who my comment above you was meant for. If the pkb was dead, ya new god Samsung wouldn't have made a pkb accessory for its flagship. Go thataway----------> with all that hate.

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Freedom of expression. I suppose berries like you have never heard about it...! Anyhow, I'm certainly harsh on this phone and the reason is the midrange hardware for the price of a flagship, its extra heft, mediocre screen to body ratio and lots of button which will wear out and fade over time and look terrible. I used to have a Blackberry myself. And when I bought The Nexus 5, I was EXTREMELY skeptical about the virtual keyboard initially. But I fell in love with overtime and that is evident in my post. Why go back to PKBs when the virtual ones are almost as good, if not significantly better...? Oh well, G'Day!

12. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Hate mongers always hide behind Freedom of Expression. Ya ain't no different. Ya harsh because ya hatin', and ya ain't even use the phone ta intelligently comment on it. It's not for average cats like you that like ta play flappy bird all day. It's ta get 'ish done, it ain't no toy. And ain't no vkb better than a pkb, so kill that noise too. How about ya make a comment based off of experience with the actual phone next time, and not this troll crap that ya been reduced to.

18. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A mere Aussie man just can't convince someone with a heavy Texas accent... I give up, cow boy...! On second thought, bigger is better in Texas so why do you think a Snapdragon 600 Series chip is better than Snapdragon 800 Series chip...? 800 is... Umm... Bigger than 600, pardner... Besides, why in the world a cowboy such as you yourself would want a smartphone that's targeted towards bussiness and government consumers...? Oh well, G'Day... Sorry, I mean, Howdy!

22. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ya certainly can't convince me with all the hate that pours outta ya mouth, that's for sure. If ya even understood why TCL chose the SoC that they did, ya would have a clear understandin'. As it is, ya just a hatin' S-$#33p that's givin' ya Samsung usin' peeps a bad name. No wonder they don't like ya either. And I ain't a cowboy, or from Texas. I own my own biz in the Empire State, and this phone is for biz cats like me, not Pokémon GO peeps like you.

14. blessedsword

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

NO. With that price, BB should add the google assistant. Then they can take my money.

36. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

nobody is using siri or google assistant, it's a gimmick. stop it.

15. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

pricing is key here...this phone is a nice package, but it is not priced right; reminds me of the HTC A9. if you want this device to win, lower your margins. the only selling point for this device is the keyboard. other than that, and in the security department, they will not be able to compete against Samsung's Knox, they just don't have the cash Samsung has, nor the economies of scale

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wait..what? ROTFLMAO! Knox is not even a blip on the scale when compared to BlackBerry's security. BlackBerry has the largest EMM/MDM market share. Knox isn't even in the top 5. BlackBerry's security is leagues above Knox. Samsung has to go to BlackBerry to help secure Knox.

21. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

This reminds me a thing MG. Does Blackberry's Enterprise security offers the similar root access like thing that knox offers? Blackberry's better at this than Samsung's Knox so I'd expect they would.

42. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

I agree with you, it is one of the leaders in Gartner's magic quadrant. apologies, my reply to this subject was not an informed one

17. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I will have to hold in person to find out if the screen size and keypads are big enough to be comfortable for my mom.

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

qwerty keyboard is of no practical use. blackberry should just make secure phone with design focus on what popular now.

37. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

So that you have phone non differentiable from LG, Samsung and iPhone ?

41. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

it's about if blackberry want to survive.

23. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Very nice looking phone. The specs maybe a little weak for flagship but as long it runs smoothly I am buying one. For $550 heck I'll buy it.

24. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Anyhow, it sure is interesting to see just how well this berry will perform in a market where the monsterous and absolutely gorgeous S8 is just around the corner with cutting edge features like iris scanner, FP sensor implemented inside the screen and above 90 screen to body ratio... But considering the luke warm receptuon of The Priv (or was it Perv...?) I'm not holding my breath and straining my old and weak lungs...! And... Did I mention that you can get a physical keyboard for Samsung S Series as an accessory from the official catalogue...? Oh well, G'Day!

25. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

This message is for the "GreenMan". Really my good man, enough is enough. We understand that BlackBerry smartphones do not suit your...."particular" palette, but your constant marketing of Samsung products at the expense of BlackBerry products (in a BlackBerry related article, no less), is borderline shill activity. I am guessing that you and I are about the same age. Do conduct yourself like it, and cease and desist your trolling of products that you do not care for. Allow those that care for these products to enjoy this article, troll free. Leave that for the young and immature. Good day to you, and heed my advice.

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