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Blackberry KEYone QWERTY Smartphone with Android 7.1 Nougat Launched at MWC 2017

Blackberry KEYone QWERTY Smartphone with Android 7.1 Nougat Launched at MWC 2017

Blackberry may have stopped producing phones but its name lives on.

BlackBerry is also concentrating on security with the KeyOne, launching the phone with Android 7.1 and committing to issuing Google's monthly security patches.

The Keyone, unveiled ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tech show in Barcelona, has been built by Chinese manufacturer TCL Communication as part of a new deal to make BlackBerry phones.

TCL launched the smartphone that it is counting on to revitalize the diminished BlackBerry brand.

Featuring a 4.5-inch display, the KEYone brings together a touch display and a physical keyboard. Under the hood of BlackBerry KeyOne runs a Snapdragon 625 processor which BlackBerry claims gives the KeyOne 2x speed as compared to previous BlackBerry models. KEYone has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory; it also supports microSD card up to 2 TB.

On the camera front, Blackberry KEYone has a 12MP rear camera with Sony IMX378 sensor and an 8MP wide-angle front camera with flash.

On the other hand, the DTEK60 sports a 5.5-inch quad-HD display, 4GB RAM, 21-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front camera.

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- Although the KEYone uses Android Nougat, it has a number of unique security features aimed at BlackBerry's enterprise customers. However, there are still thousands of BlackBerry users in Ireland, even though the vast majority have quit the system for iPhones and Android devices. BlackBerry Messenger, Hub, and the privacy and security management DTEK app are all present and correct.

The space bar of the physical keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a fingerprint scanner. For one thing, you can press a key on the keyboard to search for and open up the apps or contacts you use most often, or use the keyboard as a trackpad with gestures.

The keyboard can be programmed to launch up to 52 customisable shortcuts, such as pressing "I" to access your inbox, or "M" to access maps.

BB's latest smartphone will be available beginning April 2017 at $549 (Rs 38,600).

It's also worth noting that the phone's keyboard can be used for more than just typing.

The metal frets between each row is a classic BlackBerry move, while the combination of a solid metal frame with its curved edges and soft-touch plastic back panel is a welcome design choice. Keypad is traditionally the strength of BlackBerry and BlackBerry KeyOne exploits it to the fullest. That said, there's a USB Type-C port the bottom of the phone that also has support for QuickCharge 3.0. In the United States of America, it will retail at $549, in the United Kingdom it will go for £499 and in the rest of the Europe it will sell at €599.


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