First BlackBerry KEYone camera samples look rather promising

First BlackBerry KEYone camera samples look rather promising
BlackBerry is back with a vengeance, resurrecting the portrait QWERTY keyboard in the form of a unique Android handset, the Key One, or, as BB puts it, KEYone. The phone is actually designed by TCL, BlackBerry's parent company now, and exudes a premium feel with anodized aluminum chassis and soft-touch, groovy rear that is very nice to the touch. 

We found the button travel of the keyboard to be top notch, too, and the specs are nothing to sniff at. In short, if you have been nostalgic about BlackBerry's keyboards, and can live with a 4.5" display in this day and age, the Key One is a very well-appointed handset that comes with a decent, $500 price tag.

One of these well-appointed features is the photography prowess of the new BlackBerry handset. It comes with the same 12MP rear Sony IMX378 sensor that the Pixel phones, and other flagship handsets use, and a wide-angle 8MP front camera. Given what Google's Pixels and other phones utilizing this sensor are able to achieve both in low-light and in more favorable scenarios, it is not surprising that the Key One also seems to balance colors, details and sharpness pretty well. 

We snapped a few sample shots with the handset here in Barcelona, and are providing them below for your viewing pleasure as a preview of what the BlackBerry KEYone cameras are capable of. These are the full size, untouched samples, so you may need some patience while they load.

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  • 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. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Great job TCL .

2. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

WoW looking Great !! Specially the selfie... it's ISO1000 but without a lot of visible Grains :D The Sharpness of the Back Camera is Great Too, I can read the name of the Sigma lens on the table :D Great job BlackBerry / TCL

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll believe it when I see it, a blackberry device with a good camera.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pics are looking sweet! Looks like BlackBerry Mobile/TCL nailed it with the camera!

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

Could have sworn that the BlackBerry KEYone was actually DESIGNED by BlackBerry and BUILT by TCL. It's BlackBerry's last in-house designed smartphone. Also, TCL ISN'T BlackBerry's parent company. They're the parent company is BlackBerry Mobile, which is a totally different/separate company from BlackBerry entirely.

6. libra89

Posts: 2297; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow not bad at all!

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