Blackberry’s last in-house designed and developed offering, the KEYone smartphone, has now hit the Indian smartphone market after being out in US and Canada since the last couple of months.
The phone has been designed by Chinese ODM TCL (which now holds rights to manufacture and distribute BlackBerry phones), and was formally unveiled at this year’s MWC held in February in Barcelona.
Coming to the phone’s specifications, it is powered by a 2.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset, and retains the iconic BlackBerry physical Qwerty keypad, albeit in a ‘smart’ version wherein each key can be used to open most used contacts and apps.
The keyboard can also be used as a touchpad, allowing the users to easily navigate homepages and web screens.
Other than that, it has a 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt ROM (that can be stretched till a maximum of 2TB). The resident OS is the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, while the phone sports a 4.5-inch HD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
Coming wrapped in a metallic frame (with a textured back), the KEYone has a fingerprint sensor that has been embedded into the spacebar of the Qwerty keypad, while a 3,505mAh battery (with QuickCharge 3.0) has the job of keeping it alive.
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For those interested in the optics, the phone has a 12MP rear camera, replete with features like f/2.0 aperture, EIS, 4K video recording at 30fps and dual-tone LED flash. Selfie seekers can make use of the 8MP camera up front, that has an f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle field of view lens.
BlackBerry Keyone India Price And Availability
The phone has been priced at Rs. 39,990 and will be available for purchase on E-commerce site Amazon, starting August 8.
BlackBerry KEYone Specifications and Price
|Display||4.5-Inch, HD IPS LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio|
|Processor||2.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor|
|Internal Storage||32GB,expandable up to 2TB|
|Software||Android Nougat 7.1.1|
|Primary Camera||12MP rear camera, f/2.0 aperture, EIS, 4K video recording at 30fps, dual-tone LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||8MP selfie camera, f/2.2 aperture, 84-degree wide-angle field of view lens.|
|Dimensions and weight||149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4mm and 180Grams|
|Battery||3,505mAh with QuickCharge 3.0|
|Others||4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, USB 3.1, USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go, Hybrid SIM Slot|