BlackBerry KeyOne brings back the physical keyboard

TCL, the new manufacturer of BlackBerry’s hardware, has launched the KEYone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The enterprise-friendly smartphone has a physical QWERTY keyboard and dumps BlackBerry’s DTEK software on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. This adds access to features like BlackBerry Hub, BBM, and other apps aimed at the enterprise.

The keyboard serves as a touch-sensitive control pad for adjusting the cursor in long emails and text documents. All 52 letter keys can also be programmed to launch specific apps when you tap or long-press them (F for Facebook, U for Uber, I for Instagram, etc.). Above those keys is a 4.5-inch 1080p display powered by a 3505mAh battery and a Snapdragon 625 processor, which can be topped up with the “Boost” fast charging feature.

The KEYone will launch in April for $549 (£499/€599) through various retailers worldwide and carriers in a business-friendly black.

Here’s some other specs:

  • 8MP front camera
  • 12MP auto-focus “large pixel” rear camera

Source: BlackBerry

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