Have you already bought OnePlus 5 for yourself? If yes, then don’t panic as Blackberry KEYone is meant for only those class of people who are looking for an Android smartphone with an extra layer of security. Hope that sort out your confusions and queries towards the device.
Having said that, there still are plenty of Blackberry enthusiasts who still prefer buying Blackberry over iPhone or Samsung.
So here we’ve come up with a crisp and concise review of Blackberry KEYone and its features.
As far as the specification is concerned, the device comes with a mediocre list of specs considering the cults of LG G6 and Galaxy S8. The KEYone weighs 180 grams and measures 149.3×72.5×9.4mm, running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, featuring a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with (1080×1620 pixels) and having a pixel density of 433ppi. The device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at up to 2GHz, alongside with 4GB of RAM. It also comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card with up to 2TB.
For photography, it has a 12-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, EIS, and dual-tone LED flash. And in front, you’ll get an 8-megapixel front camera that sports a f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle lens.
For connectivity, it supports numerous elements that include Bluetooth v4.2, FM radio, 4G VoLTE, Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C (3.1), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As far as the sensor list is concerned, it has the ambient light sensor, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. It is backed by 3505mAh non-removable battery that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
Talking about the features, the KEYone is packed with a plethora of security and productivity features that helps you in protecting your sensitive data. The device has Blackberry’s trademark DTEK security app and BlackBerry Password Keeper that works pretty well on the smartphone without any glitches.
For productivity, the list goes on and on with apps such as Blackberry Calendar, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Productivity Edge, and BlackBerry Workspaces. It has smart keyboard functionality that helps in auto-correction, word prediction, and ‘flick typing’.
As far as the performance quotient goes, the device is quite capable of performing day-to-day tasks without any hassle. But unfortunately, it is not a multimedia king like G6 or S8 and that’s the huge drawback for the device. And also the camera do the very basic job and that’s something you won’t expect from an expensive device like KEYone.
But areas where KEYone really excelled is; it is literally a king of security and privacy element as the extra layer of security you are getting on an Android device is more than a boon for any privacy seeker. And even the productivity aspect is the area where KEYone manages to outperform many of its peers. Also to that, if you are really a physical keypad enthusiast, then KEYone is the must have a device for you.
Availability and Pricing
The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from August 8 in the Indian market exclusively via Amazon India. For offers; you are getting up to 75GB additional data from Vodafone (for both new and old prepaid/postpaid subscribers). If you are using American Express credit card then you will up to 4,000 bonus points to credit card on buying the device.
Alternatives for Blackberry KEYone
- LG G6; Buy from Amazon.in, Buy from Amazon.com
- ONE PLUS 5; Buy from Amazon.in, Buy from Amazon.com
- HONOR 8 PRO; Buy from Amazon.in, Buy from Amazon.com
- Good battery life
- Best security features
- Great implementation of Physical Keyboards
- High on productivity
- Average camera
- Small screen
- Extremely expensive
- Not a powerhouse
In a price sensitive market like India, Blackberry again played its cards wrong. If you are a power user and multi media enthusiast then Blackberry KEYone is a BIG NO for you and you should rather consider buying either LG G6, ONEPLUS 5, or HONOR 8 PRO at this price. But if you are a security enthusiast and wants to keep your smartphone data safe at any cost then KEYone is just meant for you; In simple words, the phone is perfect for corporate users who likes to communicate to their colleagues privately on sensitive corporate matters.