We’re expecting this week a chock-full of mobile-related announcements at MWC 2017 and BlackBerry has kicked off the proceedings with the announcement of KEYone. Developed by their partner, TCL whereas the software smarts is taken care of by BlackBerry. The phone is based on Android Nougat 7.1 with security enhancements by BlackBerry along with BlackBerry Hub unified messaging inbox.
It features anodised aluminium frame, soft textured back and a physical keyboard. The keyboard is reminiscent to the BlackBerry keyboard from the past that also mimics BlackBerry trackpad gestures. For instance, pressing “I” will open the inbox or “B” can open the web browser. Moreover, the fingerprint sensor is embedded in the space bar key.
In terms of other hardware specs, the KEYone comes with an interesting 5.2-inch 1620×1080 Full HD display, Snapdragon 625 processor, LTE support, 3505mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and 12 megapixel Sony imaging sensor at the back.
The phone will go on sale in April carrying a price tag of €599/£499/$549.