Before the Apple and Samsung came along, BlackBerry was the king of the mobile world. However, with the arrival of the two smartphone giants, the brand slowly became a forgotten name in the telecommunications world. Now, TCL is hoping to bring back the brand's glory via BlackBerry KeyOne.
USA Today reports that the KeyOne will be the first BlackBerry phone to launch under TCL's watch. The Hong Kong based company entered a licensing agreement with BlackBerry Mobile. The former will be responsible for supplying the hardware while the latter will supply the security and the software. With the BlackBerry KeyOne, TCL is hoping to revive the once mighty brand.
The BlackBerry KeyOne retains some of the features of the traditional phone such as the physical QWERTY keyboard. The only difference is that each key can provide up to 52 shortcuts. The keyboard doubles as a trackpad as well. A staple BlackBerry feature on the new phone is the BlackBerry Hub which serves as a repository for all communications and the DTEK security software.
Tech Radar reveals that a new feature of the BlackBerry KeyOne is a fingerprint sensor which is neatly tucked into the space bar. Those who are not familiar with BlackBerry Android may mistake it for the home button, which is found above the physical keyboard. The physical keyboard combines the popular features of the BlackBerry Classic hardware and the DTEK50 software.
Engadget reveals that the back of the BlackBerry KeyOne is a 12-megapixel, Sony-made IMX378 camera sensors. It will be powered by a Qualcomm 625 processor and comes with a modern USB-C connector. The KeyOne will run on Android Nougat 7.1. It will also have a 4.5-inch display. It features a 32GB internal storage that can be expanded to another 256GB using the microSD card slot.
TCL confirmed that the BlackBerry KeyOne will be sold unlocked for $549. There is a chance that the phone will be sold by carriers as well. The KeyOne will be available in the market this month.