Blackberry? We haven’t heard that name in years. Finally, the classic phone manufacturer is back, and this time with something special. The KEYone is so good it’s making us regret getting an iPhone. It launched at the MWC 2017 and is now available for purchase. Here’s why you might too.
At a time when phones are getting taller, the KEYone’s squat 4.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio is quite unusual. Despite having fewer pixels than most Android phones the KEYone’s screen is super bright and sharp.
The KEYone’s QWERTY keyboard lets you use gestures to navigate. You can swipe up and down, anywhere on the keyboard to scroll through apps and websites, and you can swipe left and right to switch between home screen.
Unlike most Android phones with fingerprint sensors on the back, the KEYone cleverly integrates it into the keyboard’s space bar. What will further blow you away is its speed. This might be the fastest fingerprint sensor ever used on a phone.
Lots of shortcuts is a major advantage to having a physical keyboard. Each letter key can be programmed to launch a shortcut with a long and a short press. For example, the ‘S’ can be set to open Snapchat and ‘G’ to open Gmail.
You can hate on Blackberry all you want, but at least the KEYone is running the latest Android Nougat version 7.1. It comes with the Google Assistant ready to go. That makes it not only the most up-to-date Android phone but also one of the most secure.
The KEYone isn’t quite top of the line compared to phones like the newly launched Galaxy S8 or Pixel, but it has more than enough power to make it through 3D graphic intensive games like the latest Asphalt Xtreme while Facebook and Snapchat work like a charm.
Blackberry are some of the most secure phones available. The KEYone comes with an extra layer of security via the DTEK app, which lets you track what data apps are accessing when you use things like your camera, microphone, location, etc.
The KEYone comes with a battery that’s larger than the one on the iPhone 7 Plus, making it a serious endurance champ. Furthermore, while it’s comical that having a headphone jack in 2017 is considered a plus, but alas it is. They KEYone, unlike some Android phones such as just released Xiaomi Mi6 and the iPhone 7, has a jack.
The No.1 reason anyone should consider buying the KEYone is for the keyboard. Its glossy transparent buttons look so satisfying to type with. There’s nothing like actual buttons in the age of the touch screen.
The Blackberry KeyOne is priced at £499 which amounts to around PKR 67,800.
- OS: Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)
- Display: 4.5 inches, IPS LCD
- CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz
- RAM: 3GB
- Internal Memory: 32GB (up to 256GB)
- Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/2.0
- Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.2
- Battery: 3505 mAh