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BlackBerry's KEYone is an exciting return to form

26 February 2017

So, the BlackBerry KeyOne has been made by TCL, which also makes Alcatel-branded smartphones.

"Impressively created to be distinctly different, the BlackBerry KEYone reimagines how we communicate by offering unmatched productivity and the world's most secure Android smartphone experience", said Nicolas Zibell, CEO at TCL Communication.

BlackBerry and TCL just finished officially announcing the new BlackBerry KeyOne.

It is not just the typing that you can do with the QWERTY keyboard of the KEYone.

TCL chief executive Nicolas Zibell said: "Impressively created to be distinctly different, the BlackBerry Keyone re-imagines how we communicate by offering unmatched productivity and the world's most secure Android smartphone experience".

The BlackBerry KEYone features a 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 IPS LCD display with 434ppi. For software, BlackBerry has preloaded Android 7.1 Nougat with the company's productivity and security features on top such as the BlackBerry Hub and their DTEK security monitoring app. This makes the Blackberry KEYone a great option for business users and others that value privacy highly. As for the "selfie camera" there is an 8MP fixed-focus front camera that will be able to record 1080p video.

The textured back on the BlackBerry KEYone makes it easy to grip. There's a modern rear camera (the same sensor found in the Pixel). There is also flick typing, an embedded fingerprint sensor in the interval key andup to 52 customizable shortcuts such as pressing “I” for your inbox or “M” to access maps.

BlackBerry's decision to jump ship to Android was a sensible one given the lack of support for its own OS, and the inclusion of Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box is a bonus here.

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The backlit keyboard, which is reminiscent to original BlackBerry devices, is now attached directly underneath the touch display.

There's also the DTEK security suite, which is created to constantly monitor and protect the OS, letting you know when your privacy could be at risk and providing you options on how to improve your privacy.

The performance of the phone seems solid - probably comparable to that of the Moto Z Play which is powered by the same Snapdragon 625 processor.

The release of the KeyOne marks the end of BlackBerry's days as a hardware manufacturer.

In terms of camera, rumours earlier revealed that the Blackberry KEYone would feature the same camera setup as seen on Google Pixel phones.

For more information about the BlackBerry KEYone and to register for pre-order updates, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

If you are familiar with Blackberry smartphones running Android, you'll already be used to the setup on this year's newcomer. Back then we told you this was only meant to be a preliminary name - a teaser of the direction BlackBerry will be going in. BlackBerry KEYone draws power from a 3,505 battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and the company says that the battery should last for one full day or nearly two for light users.

The KEYone's launch comes as BlackBerry's share of the global smartphone market plummeted to 0.0 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, a technology research firm.