BlackBerry KEYone
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Key Specs
  • Display 4.50-inch (1620x1080)
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Front Camera 8MP
  • Rear Camera 12MP
  • RAM 4GB
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery Capacity 3505mAh
  • OS Android 7.1
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateFebruary 2017

BlackBerry KEYone Review

By Jamshed Avari (Aug 1, 2017)
Jamshed Avari
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Physical keyboard with shortcuts
  • Useful BlackBerry apps
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Expensive
  • Small screen
  • Average performance
  • Landscape usage is awkward

Over the past three or four years, BlackBerry has tried multiple different strategies in the wild hope that something will work. We've seen candybars and sliders; touchscreens and keyboards; budget and ultra-premium; traditional and experimental; BlackBerry OS and Android. Every time the company seemed to be moving in one direction, it would reverse course. You can read about each of these missteps in great detail in our analysis of the BlackBerry Z3 (Review), Passport (Review), Classic (Review), Leap (Review), Priv (Review), and DTEK50 (Review). In tracing that journey, you can see how the company tried desperately to attract new users, then settled for clinging to its dwindling fanbase and then finally gave up all hope.

BlackBerry KEYone Summary

The BlackBerry KEYone is a unique device and it is expensive if you consider its specifications and capabilities. However for those who have never been able to let go of a physical keyboard, the value proposition is obvious. The keyboard isn't quite up to the standard of old BlackBerrys, but it gets the job done and supports all the familiar shortcuts. The camera is just okay, and battery life is good. BlackBerry's apps are quite useful in terms of productivity. Buy this phone only if you really need a physical keyboard.

BlackBerry KEYone Price in India

Product Name Price in India
Blackberry Keyone (Silver, 4GB RAM, 32GB) 24,999
Blackberry Keyone (Brown, 4GB RAM, 64GB) 26,399
Blackberry Keyone (Black, 4GB RAM, 64GB) 29,899

BlackBerry KEYone price in India starts from ₹ 26,399. The lowest price of BlackBerry KEYone is ₹ 26,399 at Amazon.

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BlackBerry KEYone Full Specifications

Brand BlackBerry
Model KEYone
Release date February 2017
Form factor QWERTY
Dimensions (mm) 149.30 x 72.50 x 9.40
Weight (g) 180.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3505
Removable battery No
Screen size (inches) 4.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1620x1080 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 433
Processor 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2000
Rear camera 12-megapixel
Rear flash Dual LED
Front camera 8-megapixel
Front flash Yes
Operating system Android 7.1
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No
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BlackBerry KEYone User Review and Ratings

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  • Android with BlackBerry, it's best
    Subrata Chakraborty (Apr 14, 2017) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    If you like android then this phone is an Android phone. If you are a fan of BlackBerry then the most famous option of BlackBerry is security and it is also with the phone. Good battery, good hardware, good display, good software, very sexy look, phone of work, actual phone among phones. But if you are fan of BlackBerry and not a fan of Android the go for BlackBerry OS. BlackBerry PASSPORT is best for you. Keyone is the slimmer version of PASSPORT. If Keyone vs. PASSPORT then I will go for PASSPORT. Both are solid. Very solid. Not a playing device, it's a phone.
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    k kiran kumar (Feb 28, 2017) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    Wounderful phone I like blackberry keypad........
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    Aman Sharma (Jul 8, 2017) on Gadgets 360
    From Where i can buy this Blackbery Key One in India ???
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  • Think Different - The KEYone is Unlike Anything Else
    SwordFish (Aug 10, 2017) on Amazon
    Whats in the Box - Handset, Earphones, Data Cable, Travel Adapter, Safety Manual, Quick Start Guide, Smart Keyboard Manual, Promotional Stickers and SIM Ejector ToolConnectivity Technologies - 4G VoLTE, TD-LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, WiFi Hotspot, NFC, WiFi HotspotSpecial Features - Dual SIM, Touch enabled backlit keypad, Spacebar Finger Print Sensor, BlackBerry Hub, DTEK Security, GPS, E-mail, 10 point multi-touch IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 4, 64 GB Flash internal memory, OTG Support, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Hall SensorCamera Features - 12MP Large Pixel Auto-Focus primary camera, Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Fast focus, 6-element f2.0 lens, HD Video Recording at 30 fps, 4x digital zoom, Panorama, Burst, Live Filters, Multi-Frame Low Light Enhancement 8MP f2.2 wide angle selfie camera with flash, HDR, Live Filters, Video Image StabilizationThe BlackBerry KeyOne is worth the wait. The keys have good travel and the backlight works well in low-light areas. In a world where phones are turning into slippery slabs of glass and aluminum, Blackberry Mobile has released a phone for those of us who need to get work done. While phones have become status symbols for the general public, the KEYone is for those of us who are banging out emails all day, communicating on Slack, or maybe even are prolific on Social Media.You can also do a fair amount of writing as you get used to the PKB. Thanks to Android Nougat you can use the phone in split screen mode so you can have Word open with Chrome or Kindle and type away with reference material open.The secret sauce that makes this phone what it is is the physical keyboard. Which is also smarter than than you might imagine. It includes autocorrect via swiping, and the ability to use the board as a trackpad. It's fantastic, and has a good amount of tactile feedback. I like it.The KEYone also has fantastic battery life. Many are getting almost two days out of the beefy battery and energy efficient processor.So far apps have been well behaved and the system hasn't hiccuped much outside of the flurry of initial downloads and app installs.I have owned iPhones, Blackberries, and, most recently, the Samsung Galaxy S7. I admit that I prefer Blackberries. I can type much faster (and MUCH more accurately) on a physical keyboard. The KEYone keyboard is nearly my favorite (second only to the Blackberry Passport, which was extraordinary albeit huge). The physical keyboard is not just for typing; it includes the option of setting the keys to open or initiate 50+ apps or communications. Want to call your Dad, press D. Want to email Harriet, long press H. Pretty swift.The KEYone battery lasts all day; in fact, I went three days without charging. I'm not a heavy user. But I've never had a phone that lasted longer than a day.I'm impressed with the build, I am sorry that others who have left negative reviews have had problems. That's a real bummer. But my experience is that this is a really well built phone -- sturdy, refined and even attractive for a phone that seeks to be more about productivity than fashion.You will really like the way this phones feels in your hand. The rubber back is great and the size and shape of the phone just feels right.I have been happily surprised by the sound quality of calls -- far superior to my Galaxy s7. Speaker phone works fine too. Not as loud as some but loud enough.I watch baseball on my phone sometimes and I have to say that the video quality is quite good, even with the screen being slightly smaller because of the keyboard.The fingerprint scanner on the space bar is fast (FAST!) and easy and adds unencumbering security to your phone.The DTEK security embedded in the phone adds just a bit more confidence in a world of internet hostility.There's a convenience key that you can set to do just about anything you want. I have mine set to open the camera. The second I see something I want to shoot, there is no fumbling to click this, then that, etc. Speaking of the camera -- pretty darn good. It's not the best but I don't need it to be the best, just very good. And it is.Finally, I LOVE the hub, where all email, texts, phone calls and notifications arrive in chronological order. This means you don't have to punch one app after enough trying to figure out who might have been in touch while you were unavailable.So, why four stars and not five? Quite frankly, because the operating system is not as good as the best I have ever used, Blackberry 10. I am hoping that future updates will continue to introduce some of the amazing and productive functionality of BB10 into this phone. We shall see.Like many folks, I could buy any phone I wanted. The KEYone is not the most expensive, but, after four days of use, I can say that it's the best phone for me. I recommend it; with the only hesitation being that time will tell. The only reliable recommendations are those that come a year later.
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  • Extremely well-built device! Inside-out!
    Nikhil Joshi (Aug 10, 2017) on Amazon
    Got this phone just yesterday, but considering I'm a Blackberry loyalist, I felt obligated to write a brief review. Aesthetically, it's a brilliant looking device and is very well built, and the display is very vibrant! I personally like the all black version over the silver/black one. Performance-wise, it has been just one day and I've spent most of my time just setting it up but I've had no issue at all whatsoever. There is no lag, and it is easy to use if you know you're way around Android devices. That being said, I'm upgrading from a Silver Edition Passport and I do miss the simplicity of the BB10 OS. Also, a person used to using the Passport may find it a little difficult to get used to the smaller keys on this one, but again, it's not a deal breaker at all. Speakers, however, lack the depth in comparison to the ones on the Passport but they do get quite loud! It'll be unfair if I was to quote the battery life since it's too soon, but it shouldn't be a problem at all.Pros-Lovely looking device.Display is vibrant.Easy to use.Clean interface and OS.Fingerprint reader is a nice touch.Fast performance.Added security from Blackberry DTek.Cons-Speakers could have been a little better.Personally wanted the keys slightly bigger (blame the Passport for spoiling me).BB10 has a better, and much simpler hub!Like I said, a brief review! But I can tell you that I'm already in love with this device. If you're looking for an all-round device, I don't see why you would want to look elsewhere :)
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  • The Specific Phone - Purpose Built.
    JK (Aug 10, 2017) on Amazon
    Received the device today. Really awesome return for a brand like Blackberry. Not just about the brand, it is about what's packed inside that almost standing out design from rest of the crowd. Have a lot to admire outside before diving deep into functionality and software.One of the value for money build quality in recent times. When people do not blame glass and metal body sold at ₹55K+; what is wrong with the pricing of KEYone which takes us back to classic era of smart phones. Before being said, it might face a price drop in future but it is obvious in case of any phone. LG G6 for example.Snapdragon 625 Soc is not the best in class in ₹35K+ line up. But gets the job done in pretty much every way. I know that this chip is common in many device from ₹10K range. But Playstation 3 also had a graphics card which was scaled in Mega Bytes and was never a let down. Optimisation in performance is the deal breaker here and the company manages to make it efficient and responsive at every point of need.Battery is a beast with its massive 3505 MAH capcity coupled with Qualcomm QC 3. Reviews state that it easily provides 5.5 to 6 hours strong in terms of screen on time under medium heavy usage. That should take any moderate user at least 2 days before you have to think about your juice running out.The key board has been well iterated from the previous versions and that is the actual feature which brings KEYone to the podium. A lot about this keyboard has been thrown all over internet so not speaking much.Camera is not the perfect one just because this has the sensor of Pixel (Sony Supply). The difference in the processing of image is clear and practically it is not a let down in any way. It can provide some good shots with acceptable saturation and lovable dynamic range. Selfie shooter is bit wide and stands a step above from other flagship in terms of coverage, told that quality is either a bargain let down or natural looking one is a subjective judgement.At the end of the day is this phone gonna satisfy everyone. Definitely not, because the target audience framed by the company are not everyday casual user who might or might not be spec hungry.This is a specific phone made to do specific kind of task in a specific amout of time and solely to satisfy a specific group of people. And comparing the pricing to Oneplus 5 does not seem fair because Blackberry would have thought that multiple times than any of us which leaves us to one conclusion. That Blackberry feels justified for the price of KEYone for what it had to offer.Now the jury is out.Thank You BB for upgrading KEYone at least a bit as a compensation of delayed launch. And the new color looks dope.Keep Coming back, happy that you are home again.Update: I did not talk about display as I barely took it outdoors. But surprisingly LCD pannel doesn't seem so LCD, I get the feeling of AMOLED in terms of blacks and saturation level. Not over exaggerating but when the font size and display size are set to lowest the 4.5 inch pannel can accomodate a bit more subject that other 5 inch devices.And finally multi window in Android is purely functional as keyboard doesn't pop up while you type something. Even in s8 plus there is a significant loss of screen space when keyboard pops in multi window usage. And a huge thumbs up to blackberry for giving real multi window experience without key layout pop ups which is annoying even if you feel defending that.I moved on to iphone after my last BB device which is Bold 9900. I used it till the end of 2015 (bought a refurbished one from a retailer when my original bold died after serving a lot) and then I never felt that blackberry was same again. I know there are Passport fans but my statement is just a solitary point of view.For me, Passport was not bold enough and Classic was not blackberry enough. Considering Priv and other Q's, I never felt them as I knew blackberry for long. But now this device is Bold, Classic and also it's a blackberry one more time and I want this to stay.
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  • Awesome product and service
    Archisman Bhattacharya (Aug 10, 2017) on Amazon
    Awesome handset, Awesome packaging and awesome service by Amazon. I just love this product and the value for price is great. The specs are accurate as mentioned and it has a hybrid sim slot. Overall, it's amazing product. Great comeback of BlackBerry!!!
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  • Old blackberry with new features..
    Tanuj (Aug 10, 2017) on Amazon
    I have been waiting for this for a long ago.. I just love blackberry and really a hardcore bb username.. Despite of flows with passport and classic that you can't install every software you want, I was still using them and now the keyone.. It is just like as I expected .. Now I have the feel of blackberry and its smooth typing experience with ability to freely choose and use android apps..
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  • Best BlackBerry yet!
    Amazon Customer (Aug 10, 2017) on Amazon
    Definite an upgrade coming from the BlackBerry Priv. The limited edition black, lack of another word, is the sexiest BlackBerry yet and performs like a beast in the daily operations. The keyboard is very responsive with its clever fingerprint sensor working at a split second. Hands down, the best camera for a wide variety of clicks.
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  • But like few of them have mentioned here
    Jayasheelan (Aug 10, 2017) on Amazon
    After 1 full day of hardcore usage, I would proudly say, ?son of a Passport? is born!!Been 21 hours since I last fully charged and it?s still got 30% juice left!Software: EPICBuild quality: SUPERBSecurity: ITS A BLACKBERRY!But like few of them have mentioned here, the call reception is not good enough(my Passport Silver Edition pulled signal as though a tower is next to me all the time). It constantly looses out signal.I hope this can be software fixed, but only if Optiemus takes the issue seriously and forces BlackBerry to push for an update.
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