BlackBerry’s newest Android smartphone is official.
The BlackBerry KEYone runs Android 7.1 Nougat on a 4.5-inch 1620×1080 display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Of course, one of its highlight features is its physical keyboard, which sits directly below the screen.
In addition to entering text, the KEYone’s physical keyboard can be used for shortcuts to your favorites contacts and apps, and you flick predictive text up onto the KEYone’s screen. The keyboard also works as a trackpad, letting you scroll through webpages and emails without touching the screen. And packed inside the KEYone’s space bar is a fingerprint reader.
Around on the other side of the KEYone is a 12-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor and large 1.55µm pixels. The front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel shooter with a wide angle lens.
Rounding out the KEYone’s spec list is an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot for adding even more storage, NFC, a 3505mAh battery, Quick Charge support for topping that battery up in a hurry, and USB Type-C. All of those features are crammed into a body with an aluminum frame and a soft textured back.
The BlackBerry KEYone includes LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, and 41 in North America and Latin America. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, the KEYone offers LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17 20, 28A, 38, 40, and B28.
Expect the BlackBerry KEYone to launch in April at a price of $549/€599/£499. While it’s not the most high-end Android phone around, it’s one of the only smartphones on the market with a physical keyboard, which will make it stand out. A lot of people are perfectly happy to tap out their text on glass, but for folks that like the feel of a physical keyboard and miss the old days of BlackBerry, the KEYone could be a nice daily driver.