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MWC 2017 : Blackberry KeyOne Launched Specifications with Physical QWERTY Pad

What do you think of the BlackBerry KEYone?

Despite the body being made out of aluminium and Blackberry promises good stability, the keyboard is constructed out of plastic and the back of the smartphone has received a soft-touch textured back.

Other features include those carried over from the Passport and the Priv such as single key shortcuts from the homescreen (e.g. tap W to get the weather app open) but it adds a new draw in the fingerprint sensor built into the space bar. It also lays emphasis on security as well as privacy with the addition of the DTEK app, which enables you to take control over your app permissions and settings. This will hopefully be enough to adequately power Android Nougat 7.1, the latest version of Google's operating system.

That physical keyboard is a BlackBerry trademark. BlackBerry pitched these as the most secure devices in the world. Like other recent BlackBerry devices, it runs Android rather than RIM's OS, though with some primarily security and productivity-minded tweaks.

Coming to the major aspect of the phone, the trademark Blackberry Keyboard, which can be tweaked to perform several operations such as quick launch apps, "Flick Typing"- a gesture that can be used for predictive texting. Let's jump right in and take a look at everything you need to know about the newly announced Blackberry KEYone.

Beyond the design and security features making the BlackBerry KEYone so distinct, these additional features truly reinvent mobile communications for the business and enterprise user. This smartphone is fueled by the Snapdragon 625 64-bit octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0GHz, along with the Adreno 506 GPU which is running at 650MHz. We certainly plan to test out just how much battery life you can expect from the KEYone when we get a chance to run the phone through the Tom's Guide battery test. And for when you only have a few moments to grab a fast charge, BlackBerry's Boost can turbo charge your battery to get you the most charge with the limited time you have.

Behind that name is Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0, said Pete Lancia, a Qualcomm Vice President. What they don't mention as frequently is that this is within the context of doing these things well as a BlackBerry, which really does limit the KeyOne's marketability, yet simultaneously constitutes its biggest strength. With a large pixel size (1.55μm) and Phase Detect Auto Focus, moments captured on the BlackBerry KEYone will be ultra crisp and clear. An 8MP camera sits on the front, and features an 84-degree wide-angle lens for those who want to, er, "video conference on the go".

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The partnership helps address weaknesses for both companies: TCL gives BlackBerry a manufacturer that can still compete at global scale following a decade-long slide in BlackBerry sales, while TCL gains a new brand to shore up its own flagging growth in smartphones.

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