BlackBerry Keyone Review Pros and Cons

There was a time when blackberry was so popular especially among business class, but Android & iOS destroyed its kingdom, BlackBerry trying to restore its lost legacy by opting most popular OS "Android" for their Smartphone. This phone is productivity focussed with multiple Advantages and Disadvantages. The key specs it is offering are 4.5 inches FHD Display, Android v7.1 Nougat OS, Snapdragon 625 processor, 12 MP Primary | 8 MP Secondary camera, 32 GB Internal | 2 TB SD Card support, 3 GB RAM and 3505 mAh battery.

An Unique Design
Talking about the design of this handset definitely, it is very different from the available phones in the market. the physical QWERTY keypad below the display is a unique addition. With 2.5D Curved glass, metallic built frame and rubbery Soft textured back panel cover to make it nonslippery from the hands. Metal, Glass, and rubber everything is used to make a perfect combination but we discuss below in details that is it really a perfect smartphone? The Right edge has Volume rockers, Card tray slot and a customizable Convenience key below the volumes keys. Left edge housing power key and bottom has a reversible USB Type-C Slot and surprisingly loud Stereo Speakers.
Clean Display but Little Odd for Videos
The phone has 4.5 inches Full HD Display with an odd 1620x1080p resolution & 3:2 aspect ratio which I think is not a good option to watch videos, However, This IPS LCD with 433ppi display density is sharp and vibrant enough for the graphics running over the phone. The QWERTY keypad also helping in launching the apps very quickly for example, you can assign the key for different apps for example long press on letters like “b” to launch the browser and “w” to open the WhatsApp, and they work quite smoothly. Its display is also scratch resistant which is covered with the Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

12 MP Camera with 4K Recordings
Handset offering 12 MP module for the primary camera having Sony IMX378 Sensor which can take a well-formed picture in outdoor daylight condition, photos captured in outdoor lighting looks crisp and it is also able to record movies in 4K Resolutions. There is a good addition that the spacebar can be used as the shutter button. The low-lit photographs look little grainy and with the decrement in lit, noise start appearing, Its 12 MP rear Camera is quite fast for locking the frame but it's not equally fast in insufficient lit conditions where we are missing OIS. This brand should learn to make a low light camera phone from the handset like Galaxy S7 or Google Pixel. The front 8 MP Selfie camera is also good when you use it in well-lit conditions.

Balaced performance
TCL decided to go with a balanced mediocre chipset for BlackBerry Keyone instead of a flagship, it is configured with Snapdragon 625 with 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor, while using the phone for different tasks or jumping from one app to another app everything is smooth and stutter free. this 64-bit chipset is coupled with 3 GB RAM is good for day to day productive works but neither its design nor configuration is suitable for high-end graphic intensive games. BlackBerry handset comes up with most trusted mobile security software like DTEK security monitoring app.

A Good Backup
The first time BlackBerry is offering such a huge 3505 mAh battery for their smartphone. It also supports Quick Charge capability which according to claim of the company capable to 50% charge phone in 36 minutes. This battery can stand easily for one full day even after heavy uses.

Specification of BlackBerry Keyone

  • OS- Android v7.1 (Nougat)
  • Chipset- Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 | 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 | Octa-core | Adreno 506 GPU
  • Display- 4.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen | 1080 x 1620 pixels | 433 ppi pixel Density| Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Camera- 12 MP Primary | 8 MP Secondary | 1080p Video Resolutions with 30fps
  • Phone Dimension- 149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm | 180 grams Weight | Colour- Black
  • Connectivity- 4G- LTE | 3G- HSDPA | Bluetooth v4.2 | WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | 3.5mm Headphone Jack | Single Nano SIM
  • Sensors- Proximity- Yes | Accelerometer: Yes | Light: Yes | Gyroscope: Yes | Fingerprint: Yes
  • Memory- 32 GB Internal | 256 GB SD Card | 3 GB RAM
  • Battery- 3505 mAh | Non-removable

Pros of BlackBerry Keyone

  • Company offering a Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key (usable as Mute Key or open camera)
  • FM Radio and NFC is supported.
  • Ergonomic design with the addition of Physical Qwerty Keypad.
  • Stereo Speakers on the bottom are Loud enough.
  • OTG Cable is supported.
  • The display is protected from scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
  • Decent battery back with the support of Quick Charge.
  • For the Notification, it has RGB LED indicator.

Cons of BlackBerry Keyone

  • An Odd 3:2 aspect ratio & 1620 x 1080 resolution for watching videos.
  • Non-removable Lithium Ion battery.
  • The phone doesn't have OIS for the Camera.
  • No Dual SIM Support.
  • The camera could be better especially for poor lit conditions.
  • The design of phone is not suitable for the Gaming.

Why to buy and Final words about BlackBerry Keyone

Definitely, BlackBerry phones are most secured phones and this model with Android OS is a good option if you are going for productivity way. It has a great as well as a unique design where you can operate your smartphone with keypad and touchscreen as well. It has a decent processor for daily smooth talking and pretty decent daylight camera but we are still not clear about the price of this handset which is above $500 USD. Someone can buy this if they like to own a unique keypad design and don't like play a lot of games and also do not use the phone for watching movies. for the same price, you can also go for the smartphones like Google Pixel, Galaxy S7 Edge, and a more budget friendly OnePlus 3T.


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