Just when you thought BlackBerry was dead in the smartphone market, Chinese based technology company TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer and now global smartphone licensing partner of BlackBerry Limited, have revived it with the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone.
Similar to when Lenovo took over the IBM hardware business, TCL have kept the things we appreciated about BlackBerry in the KEYone; a physical keyboard, usability and robust, reliability. Beyond the ‘basics’ the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features, ideal for the professional consumer.
A sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back ensures the KEYone excels in durability. It runs on Android™ 7.1 Nougat- giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps, and will receive Google™ security patch updates. It is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone available. The BlackBerry Smart Keyboard can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing better ease of use. You can use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture too. Pre-loaded with BlackBerry® Hub®- bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
And as you’d expect from BlackBerry it has a long battery life- featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery. And for you budding photographers; the BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.
The BlackBerry KEYone is available exclusively at the Home and Tech department at Selfridges, Oxford Street, London for a limited period, at the price of £499 GBP.