The BlackBerry KEYone is now the first device to be unveiled during MWC 2017, previously known as the Mercury, it is the same smartphone that we have been hearing about for a few months now but with a new name.
At first glance, the smartphone definitely has that BlackBerry feel, despite running on the latest version of Android, Android 7.1 Nougat, it features that keyboard that we know and love BlackBerry for.
KEYone features that historic candybar design with a 4.5 1,620 x 1,080 3:2 aspect ratio IPS display, underneath that there’s a permanent QWERTY keyboard that has been designed to provide you with actual key action, rather than simply tapping on the screen, and it also works as a trackpad.
It’s designed for the person who loves typing more than anything else but also features a range of impressive specs.
Inside of the phone, you will find the biggest battery that has ever been put into a BlackBerry phone at 3,505mAh, alongside a Snapdragon 625 processor for great performance and up to a two-day battery life.
The smartphone also features 3GB of RAM, along with a USB-C port for charging and syncing. It also comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology for charging the phone by up to 50 percent in 36 minutes according to the company.
In terms of the camera, the KEYone features a 12-megapixel camera on the back that comes equipped with Phase Detection Autofocus, image and video stabilization, 4K video recording, and an f/2.0 lens.
The BlackBerry KEYone will be available across the globe in April. It will be priced at £499 in the UK, €599 in mainland Europe and $549 in the US.