The new vs the old: BlackBerry KeyOne vs Priv vs Passport specs comparison

So, the BlackBerry KeyOne has been announced to the delight of loyal fans. Well, the phone itself is developed and built by TCL, but BlackBerry still provides the software suite, services, and security, along with its name of course. So, it's a new age for BlackBerry phones — first hinted at by the introduction of the Priv, the hardware keyboard-equipped business-class devices no longer run on the dying BlackBerry OS, but come with Android on board.

We thought it would be neat to take a look back at what are now the last two major, keyboard-sporting phones, made by BlackBerry itself, and compare them to this new whippersnapper. You can check them out in the three-way table below.

The KeyOne is definitely a midranger under the hood, but thankfully has a lot going for it as an overall package.

BlackBerry KEYone vs BlackBerry Priv vs BlackBerry Passport


Display size

4.5 inches
5.4 inches
4.5 inches


1080 x 1620 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1440 x 1440 pixels

Aspect Ratio


Pixel density

433 ppi
541 ppi
453 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

55.87 %
71.58 %
56.43 %



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 megapixels
18 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F2.2
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 30 mm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV


Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video calling


8 megapixels
2 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD)



5.87 x 2.85 x 0.37 inches (149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm)
5.79 x 3.04 x 0.37 inches (147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm)
5.04 x 3.56 x 0.37 inches (128 x 90.3 x 9.3 mm)


6.35 oz (180 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
6.77 oz (192 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
6.91 oz (196 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


Frame: Aluminum
Back: Plastic; Frame: Metal


Fingerprint (touch)


Full keyboard, Touch sensitive control keys, Notification light
Full keyboard, Notification light
Notification light, Full keyboard

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 8953
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AA


Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm


Adreno 506
Adreno 418
Adreno 330




Android (8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop)
BlackBerry (10.3, 10)



3505 mAh
3410 mAh
3450 mAh


Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Talk time

18.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)

Stand-by time

18.0 days (432 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (3G)

23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

18.5 days (444 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Music playback

84.00 hours

Video playback

12.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 549
$ 699

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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. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd still get the Priv. Being able to hide the keyboard, when not wanted is hella tite. To me, the Priv is a little prettier as well. BB is coming back.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

If i want a blackberry then i will take the prive it is the better device and it is cheaper now than the keyone most importantly you could hide the keyboard when you dont need it

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

I've got both a PRIV and a Passport, and I've got to say, both are incredible handsets. I'm a pkb enthusiast, so I prefer form-factors that have the pkb exposed at all times. When April hits, the KeyOne will be added to the list.

4. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I love the KeyOne but I do kind of like the Passport's form factor a little more. KeyOne is more refreshed, however...

5. tangbunna

Posts: 484; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

xiaomi 5s at half the price and more powerful. lol. security? it is lips service.

6. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

That's exactly what someone purchasing a Chinese phone would say. LOL indeed

7. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

TCL is from Africa? I laugh when people cry China.

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