Blackberry Keyone houses Snapdragon 625, Android 7.0 Nougat

There was a time when Blackberry used to be one of the elite brands in the smartphone industry. So much was the popularity that owning a Blackberry handset was counted as a status symbol. But after the inception of Apple iPhones and other user-friendly Android devices, the craze of the Blackberry began to fade. But to re-establish its roots, the iconic brand is heading for a comeback this year with its Blackberry Keyone. Pre-orders of the handset has already begun worldwide after it was released in April.

2017 is touted as the year of smartphones with all the top brands launching their best flagship devices. Blackberry is also up in arms to impress the buyers with its latest handset.


Blackberry handsets, which are famous for their classic QWERTY keypad, earlier housed the company built Blackberry operating system. However, failing to impress the buyers amidst the stiff competition from Android and iOS platforms, the Canadian mobile manufacturer decided to develop an upgraded OS platform. In 2013, Blackberry Limited introduced its revamped OS named as Blackberry 10, which replaced the proprietary platform of the company and was based on QNX OS. The first  Blackberry model chipped with BB10 OS was BlackBerry Z10, which was followed by few other handsets. Sadly, the improvised Blackberry OS failed to impress the users compared to the Android and iOS devices. This ultimately plummeted the Blackberry popularity and the top brand eventually was lost in the crowd.

Leaving behind the past, Blackberry will make a comeback with its Blackberry Keyone which will be packed with upgraded specifications. The upcoming Keyone is developed by China's TCL as the company has currently stopped manufacturing its own phones. It only sells its name and designs to keep the brand running.


Today on our blog, we will give a detailed analysis of the latest Blackberry Keyone for a better insight into the model.

Display & Design

The latest Blackberry Keyone comes in a standard 4.5 inches IPS LCD display with 55.9% screen-to-body ratio and 1080 x 1620 pixels resolution. The screen is guarded by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The handset dons a black hue rectangular Textbook structure made of rubber with slightly curved silver edges. It gives a better grip feel. Moreover, there is the classic notification blink option, from where the flickering light emits every time you get a notification. Besides the volume keys and lock button on the right, there is another button towards the left, which could be used as a shortcut key for any application.

Processor & OS

In terms of platform, Blackberry Keyone houses the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor with Adreno 506 GPU. The handset runs the latest Android 7.1 Nougat operating system, which keeps it secure on the run in the smartphone market.


RAM & Internal Storage

The upcoming Blackberry Android device is packed with a standard 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB via Micro SD card slot. The handset can be slightly slow in operations because of the lesser RAM as compared to the smartphones which are stuffed with higher RAM storages up to 8GB.


Talking about the camera, the Blackberry handset will be rooted with a standard 12 MP rear sensor with Dual-LED flash and phase detection autofocus. The front camera will come with an 8MP lens. Though the camera renders high-clarity pictures, the quality slightly differs in low-light condition.



The device is powered by a strong 3505 mAh Non-removable Li-Ion battery backup with fast battery charging of 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0), which can provide excellent talk time. Blackberry devices have always been good with their battery capacity, so this is not exactly a surprise for us as we were expecting the same.Its other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/

Its other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and front mounted fingerprint scanner.

USP Of BlackBerry Keyone

The best part about Blackberry phones has always been its QWERTY keyboard. Retaining the feature, Blackberry Keyone is modeled with a physical full QWERTY keypad. In a world where almost all the smartphones are crafted with glass or metal body with wide touch screen display, using a physical keyboard will be nostalgia. Personally, it has always been interesting for me to use a physical keyboard than a virtual one. The feel of punching on the alphabet keys is amazing. Moreover, you can directly punch the first letter of an App to open it like 'F' for Facebook, 'W' for Whatsapp or anything. There are also many shortcut keys equipped with the device for smoother access. The fingerprint scanner is embedded on the 'Spacebar'.


If we take an overall view of the Blackberry handset, it satisfies the basic requirement of the users with quality features. However, it still seems hard for the handset to match up to the level of other premium flagship phones launched in 2017. Moreover, the Blackberry Keyone pushes the price bar towards the upper-end, which could make the users little apprehensive about buying the device as they can find similar feature smartphones at much lesser price. But, if you are a Blackberry lover and want to experience the rock-solid model, then Keyone is definitely your pick irrespective of the price! Blackberry Keyone Price in Dubai UAE is 3401 AED.

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  1. Presently I am using blackberry z30 (Seychelles) and looking forward to in future buy the latest device. Will radio FM be featured?

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