BlackBerry is back in India with a new phone, this time with the good ol’ physical keyboard. The company has launched the BlackBerry KEYone in India for Rs 39,990. The phone was announced at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona earlier this year. The company has licensed Optiemus, a telecommunication enterprise which will handle the design, manufacturing and the distribution of the phone in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The KEYOne will be available from 8th of August exclusively on Amazon India. Only the “Limted Edition Black” variant will be available. Partner offers include finance options from American Express and bundled data offer Vodafone.
The prime highlight of the phone is of course the physical keyboard. BlackBerry has brought back the physical keyboard and has given superpowers to it. You can swipe on the keys to navigate around the phone. The space is the fingerprint sensor and just about every key can be customised to launch an app.
There is a 4.5-inch display of 1620x1080 pixel resolution with a 432ppi pixel density and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Under the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of storage. There is also a slot for a microSD card. The phone is powered by a 3,505mAh battery that BlackBerry claimed can be charged to 50 per cent in 36 minutes.
As for the software, the KEYone uses near-stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes loaded with high-security features. BlackBerry own DTEK security looks after the security by giving you a real-time status of it. There is also the BlackBerry Hub app which is a unified messaging inbox for all your communication including messaging apps, social media and others.
The KEYOne has a 12-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, large pixels of 1.55μm, phase detection auto focus and f/2.0 aperture On the front is an 8-megapixel camera with 84 degree wide angle lens.