Blackberry has finally launched the Blackberry Mercury smartphone with the name Blackberry KeyOne at the MWC 2017. It is priced at $549 / 599 Euros / 499 GBP and will be available globally starting in April in the Black colour option. The Blackberry KeyOne is the last phone by Blackberry and is manufactured by TCL Communications Ltd.
The main highlight of this phone is its QWERTY physical backlit keyboard whose keys respond to touch gestures and comes with support for flick typing and up to 52 customizable shortcuts. A fingerprint sensor is built into the spacebar of the keyboard to let you unlock the phone securely. The Keyone comes with an anodized aluminum frame and a soft-touch textured back.
Let’s now explore the specifications of the Blackberry KeyOne. It comes with a 4.5-inch display with 1620 x 1080 pixels resolution, 433 PPI and scratch-resistant glass protection. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 14nm processor with 650MHz Adreno 506 GPU along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage capacity with MicroSD card expandable storage up to 2TB.
It comes with a 4-row physical QWERTY backlit keyboard with capacitive touch and runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat). It features a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, Sony IMX378 sensor, 1.55μm pixel size, 1/2.3″ sensor size, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, 4K video recording along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with 1.12µm pixel size and f/2.2 aperture.
A 3505mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 backs up the device and can deliver up to 50% of charge in just 36 minutes. A fingerprint sensor is available on the space bar of the QWERTY keyboard and it comes with a 3.5mm audio jack with FM Radio support. It measures 149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4mm and weighs 180 grams. it comes with connectivity options like 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / GLONASS, NFC and USB 3.1 Type-C.