- Snapdragon 625 CPU
- Physical Smart Keyboard
- 4.5-inch LCD,3:2 aspect ratio screen
- 3505mAh battery
- Android 7.1 Nougat OS
- 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 camera sensor and 8-megapixel front
- USB Type C
- KeyOne release date: April 2017
- Manufacturer: BlackBerry
- Review Price: £499.00
BlackBerry phones have never had stellar cameras and from what I’ve seen this may remain the case on the KeyOne.
Normally I’m not a fan of third party software additions or changes on Android, but in the past I’ve found many of BlackBerry’s are actually useful and can’t see that changing on the KeyOne.
The headline hardware feature is that the KeyOne will be powered by a hefty 3505mAh battery and feature a custom Boost fast charging tech.
The BlackBerry Priv was a chunky monkey and had a pretty terrible camera, but its productivity software and physical keyboard were great.
The button sits on the bottom left side of the KeyOne below the volume rocker and will let users assign two of 52 customisable shortcuts to it at any one time.
From what I’ve seen, it has all the best features of BlackBerry’s previous Android phones and could be the ideal choice for any buyer on the market for a security focused smartphone.
Which is why I got super excited when I finally got my mitts on its latest KeyOne flagship; a handset that, from what I’ve seen, could do just this.
The use of a 625 CPU isn’t necessarily terrible as past phones I’ve test running it have a great balance of power efficiency and performance, but on a £500 handset I’d have preferred to see the the 821 make an appearance.
Highlights include the BlackBerry Hub, which offers a single pane of glass way for users to view and manage incoming messages and notifications and the firm’s suite of security services.
The combination of factors should give the KeyOne an above average battery life, though I can’t confirm if this is the case without further testing.
A special programmable “action key”, similar to the one seen on the DTEK60 also makes an appearance on the KeyOne.