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Newly Unveiled 2017 BlackBerry® KEYone : See Specifications, Pictures & All You Need To Know

 TCL has just announced the BlackBerry KEYOne, which follows in BlackBerry’s traditional style with a distinctive hardware QWERTY keyboard, but this time a more polished look at an Android implementation. The KEYOne implements a high-capacity battery, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC, Android 7.1, a 4.5” LCD display, and a USB-C connector for power and data. The KEYone will arrive in April at around $549.

Last year BlackBerry Limited announced its intention to quit from the development and the manufacturing of smartphones, deciding to focus on creating and licensing its brand, other IP, and primarily its secure software suite for mobile devices. TCL became the primary licensee of BlackBerry and this is a company that will produce BlackBerry-branded devices going forward. TCL is currently the only global licensee of the trademark, so this KEYOne is the first BlackBerry-branded device, aiming at similar markets to BlackBerry’s previous products.

The KEYone is not the first BlackBerry-branded handset from TCL (the TCL-developed DTEK50 device released in 2016 essentially uses the same platform as the Alcatel Idol 4 handset), but this if the first one that was developed to be a BlackBerry from the ground up and used a close collaboration with BlackBerry Limited for the design. So, while the KEYone is produced by TCL, engineers from BBL have added their touch to the product. In addition, the phone comes with pre-loaded software from BlackBerry, including the BlackBerry DTEK application that monitor’s phones security.

One of the product messages surrounding the launch was that when BBL and TCL started development of the KEYone, they set themselves a number of goals they wanted to achieve: keep the BlackBerry heritage, offer fast connectivity over today’s networks, ensure a long battery life, snappy multitasking performance, and make the device sturdy, yet stylish. We’re sure that the sales numbers wil be the marker for how well they succeed.

  • Fully Android™
  • Access to over a million apps on Google Play
  • 4.5” scratch-resistant display
  • Convenience Key
  • 8MP front camera with flash
  • 12MP auto-focus large pixel rear camera
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • BlackBerry Security software


  • Size

    Height 149.3 mm / 5.8 in
    Width 72.5 mm / 2.8 in
    Depth 9.4 mm / 0.37 in

  • Keyboard

    Smart Keyboard

    Contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction and a personalised learning engine that gets to know the way you type with on screen flick typing.

  • Weight

    180g / 6.34 oz

  • Navigation

    Touch screen, with touch sensitive keyboard

  • Dedicated keys

    Volume Up/Down, Lock (for Power On/Off) Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key (usable as Mute Key when on an active call or to open the camera)


  • Resolution

    433 PPI
    1620 x 1080 IPS LCD
    24-bit colour depth

  • Screen size

    4.5” diagonal
    3:2 aspect ratio


  • Operating system

    Android OS – 7.1 Nougat


  • Processor

    Qualcomm® Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz, 64-bit Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU

  • Expandable memory

    Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD
    memory card (Up to 2TB)

  • Memory

    3 GB RAM
    32 GB Flash

  • Ports

    USB Type-C
    – USB 3.1


  • Battery

    3505 mAh (typical) 4.4V non-removable Lithium Ion battery QC3.0

    Enabled 50% charge in 36 minutes

Camera & video

  • Rear camera

    12MP auto-focus large pixel camera
    4K video recording at 30 fps
    Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus lock
    HDR 6-element f2.0 lens
    Dual Tone LED Flash – Enhanced photo colour balance
    4x digital zoom
    Continuous & touch to focus, face detection, electric image stabilisation
    Panorama, Burst, Live Filters
    Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement

  • Front camera

    8MP Fixed-Focus, f2.2
    1.125um pixel size
    84˚ wide angle/field of view lens
    Image & video stabilisation
    1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
    Light-up LCD Flash
    Wide Selfie Mode (also known as Selfie Panorama)
    Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement


  • Image supported formats


  • Audio & video supported codes

    MPEG-4, AAC+, AAC-LC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, DivX, EVRC, FLAC, H.263, H.264, H265/HEVC, MIDI, MP3, OPUS, PCM, QCELP, VORBIS, VP8, VP9, Xvid, eAAC+

  • Audio & video supported formats


  • Streaming protocols

    HTTP(S) Progressive Download, HTTP(S) Live Streaming (HLS) version 3, RTSP (RTP, SDP)

Pre-loaded apps

  • BlackBerry Applications

    BlackBerry® Keyboard, BlackBerry® Hub, BlackBerry® Calendar, Contacts by BlackBerry®, Notes by BlackBerry®, Tasks by BlackBerry®, BBM®, DTEKby BlackBerry®, BlackBerry® Device Search, BlackBerry® Launcher, BlackBerry® Hub+ Services, BlackBerry® Help, BlackBerry® Password Keeper, BlackBerry® Content Transfer, BlackBerry®Productivity Edge, BlackBerry® Power Center, BlackBerry® Notable, BlackBerry® Workspaces

  • Android Applications

    Gmail™, Duo, Google Chrome™, Google Drive™, Google Maps™, YouTube®, Google Play™, Photos, Messenger (SMS), Clock , News & Weather, Play Music, Play Movies, Google (Search, Voice Search), Downloads, Docs, Sheets Slides

Alerts & notifications

  • Tone
    On-screen or RGB LED indicator
    (Some notification options are user configurable)

Networks & connectivity

  • Network bands

    Canada, LATAM, APAC, US V1:
    LTE1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30
    TDD LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41

    LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20, 28
    TDD LTE: 38, 40

    US V2
    LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
    TDD LTE: 41
    CDMA BC 0,1,10

  • GPS

    Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS
    Support for User Plane and Control Plane
    GLONASS, BeiDou2
    Pre-loaded Google Maps

  • Wi-Fi

    802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
    802.11 a/n 5GHz
    802.11 ac 5GHz
    4G Mobile Hotspot
    Wi-Fi Direct

  • FM Radio


  • Bluetooth®

    Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR

  • NFC

    NFC technology is used to create a connection to share information between your BlackBerry device and other NFC-enabled devices or NFC tags. Features on KEYone that use NFC technology include Android Beam, Tap and Pay, and Tap and Go.


  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Ambient light
  • Hall Effect
  • Accessibility

    Google TalkBack screen reader for audible output Face-to-face video chat with Google Hangouts
    Google Now voice assistance to answer questions and perform actions
    Scalable fonts and magnification to zoom in or zoom out Closed Captioning support
    High contrast text, colour inversion and colour correction Certain models rated for use with hearing aids


  • Many factors affect battery life including but not limited to network, transmission environment, battery age, usage, location software and feature configuration
  • Please check with your service provider for availability
  • Quick Charge tested in lab conditions



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