Blackberry KeyOne : REVIEW

Blackberry is back and this time it didn’t make us want to roll our eyes.

Blackberry KeyOne is a stylish smartphone with full metal frame and textured black. It is the latest android phone in the market and is packed with full QWERTY keyboard and a scratch resistant screen. This new add-on is just mind-boggling and the response from the market shows that people still have some affinity towards these old things. The blackberry KeyOne gives the typical image of the blackberry phone but is running the Google’s Android operating system rather than its own Blackberry operating system. Blackberry has recognised the fact that smartphones these days are more of a productivity tool for most of us and they need to be adept at entertainment as they are in work. This beast from Blackberry proves it all right.

So, now first talking about the new things we need to know about this mobile:

  1. QWERTY keyboard:

The most major highlight of this piece is its QWERTY physical keyboard. All those glorious physical buttons are not buttons but a smartboard. The keys are backlit and have sloped finish. The main thing to note is that the whole keyboard acts as a touch-sensitive keypad that can be used instead of the touchscreen to scroll in all four directions. Apart from it, the keyboard’s spacebar has been cleverly installed with the fingerprint sensor, which is amazingly fast.

  1. Shortcuts:

KeyOne has been blended with shortcut keys which will make usage effortless. The phone has customisation shortcuts that can be used to launch apps. If one wants to open the browser, he just needs to press B or if he wants to open snapchat, he just needs to click S for that. These customisation shortcuts along with other features like flick typing and touch navigation have made keyboard the centrepiece of attention.


  1. Display:

The phone holds 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Its screen is quite wider or square than other smartphones, for which the company claims that it is good for writing mails and other things as the screen do not get covered up with the keyboard in the usual phones. The screen has 433 ppi.

  1. Processor and operating system:

The phone is packed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0 GHz with 3 GB of RAM and 32 Gb flash, expandable up to 2TB. It also supports USB type-C connectivity and also benefits from Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0.

The phone runs Android Noughat’s 7.1 version and Google Now voice assistant is equally functional.

  1. Protection

The blackberry KeyOne gives the user access to one of the world’s most trusted security software. The DTEK security monitoring app alerts you whenever the other app is trying to do something malicious and also has features like Privacy Shade.

  1. Battery:

KeyOne contains a huge 3505 mAh lithium ion battery. The phone also has ‘boost’ charging feature which can get you 50% precisely in 36 minutes.

  1. Camera:

The rear-facing camera is a 12 megapixels auto-focus and the front camera is 8 megapixels. It contains SONY IMX378 Sensor and has a large 1.55μm pixel size. While the front 8 MP features 84-degrees wide-angles lens. The camera quality is fine but it’s not a competition with Google’s Pixel and best of Apple or Samsung.



Blackberry KeyOne tried to bring something new with its blend of touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard. This is a sign of the company showing that it is returning to form. QWERTY keyboard really takes us to the old times when B BOLD used to be the king. Nostalgia can be a good thing as shown by Nokia 3310 but I don’t think KeyOne follows the suit. There are chances of people are getting annoyed with the extra efforts of pressing buttons and will most likely press all of them by accident while attempting to write something. But it is usually with every new tech and one would get used to it over the time. It is appreciative of KeyOne for being more productive as one would not waste time tweeting nonsense or sending emoji in ephemeral messages. Its design, keyboard, screen, software, battery life works together to make it appealing.  So the final proclamation “BLACKBERRY IS BACK .”




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