BlackBerry KEYone unveiled at MWC 2017

Finally, after giving us all a sneak peak of the new smartphone at CES 2017, Blackberry now presents “KEYone.” At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona on Saturday, the company finally provides us the missing pieces of the puzzle and gives us its Android-based smartphone.

Blackberry for years has been proud to serve the professionals with, and this time they’ve done it again by providing the much talked about “smart keyboard.”

Smart Keyboard

We have already reported that the new Blackberry smartphone will have a tactile QWERTY keys and will also feature a fingerprint sensor tucked into the spacebar of the keyboard. But the company has now revealed that the smart keyboard has a gesture touch, which can enable it to become a trackpad.

The physical keyboard is touch sensitive, meaning a user can set shortcuts and swipe across the keys scroll through a web page using their fingers.

Moreover, a user can create 52 customizable shortcuts on the keyboard for instance if you want to use the browser, just hit the letter B to open it. With this feature, all your favorite applications are just a key press away as you can also create many easy to use shortcuts like just press U for Uber or C for Careem.


KEYone has 4.5 inches display with 1620×1080 pixel resolutions. Due to keyboard, the screen’s size has been cut back. Also, it features a multi-window view, meaning that you don’t have to switch between apps to see the other window.

The smartphone also has a single platform for all of your communications named Blackberry Hub. Using this feature, all of your emails, text, Facebook, Linkedin messages, etc. will be available to you under a single roof

Fast Charging

The company’s new smartphone packs a 3505 mAh battery, the biggest battery ever in a Blackberry phone. It also offers a Boost feature which can turbo charge your battery, providing the user with the maximum charge in minimum time. The company claims that KEYone can provide 50 percent charge in mere 36 minutes.


Blackberry KEYone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and features 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also features an Android 7.0 Nougat OS.

Safety & Security

Blackberry claims that KEYone is the most secure Android device ever. It features DTEK application which is not just a dashboard, but it allows the user to adjust the parameters to ensure that their smartphone is as secure as they want it to be.

It allows the user to customize their security setting by making sure that any of the mobile applications don’t access the feature that you didn’t authorize e.g using a camera without permission. DTEK can also be used by enterprises where a person’s individual mobile security will remain intact.

Blackberry will launch KEYone globally starting from April 2017. It is priced at $549 making roughly PKR 57,549. But knowing the Pakistani market I’m pretty much sure that we’ll be seeing a lot higher price of Blackberry’s flagship smartphone.


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