The Canadian smartphone maker, Blackberry has quitted the hardware business to concentrate on the software division offering world-class security. Apart from the Indian sub-continent and Indonesia, TCL holds the rights to manufacture, sell, and market the Blackberry branded devices. The recently launched Blackberry KEYone is the first truly manufactured Blackberry smartphone by the TCL, and it got everything right for the device. Earlier this week, Blackberry as a brand re-entered the Chinese market with the launch of KEYone smartphone.
The device was first showcased at the CES 2017 held at the beginning of 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later, it was officially announced at the MWC 2017 event held in Barcelona, Spain. Now, the company teasing the launch of a new variant of the BlackBerry KEYone at the upcoming IFA 2017 that is scheduled to officially kick off in less than a month. While the international variant of the KEYone comes in black and silver color combination, the variant launched in India comes in all-black color.
Looking at the teaser video, we expect the Blackberry KEYone Limited Edition Black to debut the global market at the IFA 2017. Apart from the change in color, the new Blackberry KEYone Limited Edition Black comes with few additional improvements. The RAM is bumped up from 3GB to 4GB, and the internal storage is doubled from 32GB to 64GB. It also got the dual SIM support via a hybrid SIM slot where the user can always choose between the secondary SIM and the MicroSD card. Rest of the specifications along with the latest Android OS remain same on both the variants.
While there is no official confirmation, we are expecting the Blackberry KEYone Limited Edition Black to make its debut at the upcoming IFA 2017. Talking about the other specifications, it sports a 4.5-inch Full HD (1620 x 1080 pixels) IPS display offering 3:2 aspect ratio. The device runs on the latest Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and includes the in-house DTEK and Blackberry Hub services. Under the hood is the 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The space bar i the four-row QWERTY keyboard comes with an integrated fingerprint sensor.
It is backed by a 3,505mAh non-removable battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0 that can charge the device from o% to 50% in just 36 minutes. In the camera department, the KEYone sports a 12MP auto-focus camera with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture. It can record 4K videos at 30 fps and comes with electronic image stabilization (EIS). For selfies, there is an 8MP front facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and 84-degree wide angle lens. With the inclusion of NFC, the device can also be used for Android Pay mobile payment service.
While the 3GB RAM variant of the KEYone is launched at $549 / £499, the new Limited Edition Black might cost slightly higher. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details about the upcoming Blackberry smartphones.