It’s 2017 and for most of us, typing on a cold sheet of glass is the most natural of things.
But while tapping on a screen is second nature to us smartphone users, there’s nothing quite like the tactile punchiness of a physical keyboard.
If you find yourself longing for that classic BlackBerry experience, the new KEYone is everything you remembered from the good ol’ days, but with all the bells and whistles you expect from a smartphone of today.
Here in Barcelona, two days before the start of Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry’s comeback is the first big announcement. Now under Chinese tech brand TCL, BlackBerry is pulling out all the stops to win back its loyal fan base.
Everything about the KEYone’s design is familiar — an all-metal frame, textured rubber back, and the same full keypad BlackBerry is known for. You can swipe on the keypad itself, left or right to switch between screens and up and down to scroll through a web page. You can also assign shortcuts to specific keys; for example, hitting U could order you an Uber. They’ve also built in a fingerprint sensor into the space bar.
The keypad feels just as expected, although to be quite honest, if you haven’t used a BlackBerry in a while, it will take some getting used to.
The KEYone runs on modest specs — last year’s Snapdragon 625 processor — but the decision seems intentional. The processor’s low power requirements coupled with its 3505mAh battery capacity guarantee a full day’s use, maybe even two.
The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box; the experience is what you’d expect from Android. In the limited time we had with the phonem, it felt snappy.
One big improvement is its camera, the same one used on the highly rated Google Pixel. Of course software plays a big part in camera performance, and we don’t know if BlackBerry’s camera software can give the Pixel a run for its money.
Apart from its keypad, the other draw of a BlackBerry is in its security. The company is quick to point out the phone is secure not only for enterprise users, but for personal use too. Monthly security updates will be available to keep the phone and your data protected.
The BlackBerry KEYone retails for $549 and will be available globally sometime in April.
[irp posts=”7249" name=”BlackBerry has a new security-focused flagship phone”]
The LG G6’s camera features are built for Instagram
LG G6 Hands-On
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Review: For those who like it small
A pocketable flagship-like phone
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) review
Refinement of a modern classic
OPPO A5s Review: Is it really any different?
Bang for the buck, at a cost of key features
Honor promises to deliver Android Q to its Honor 20 series
Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 rolls out to Realme 1 and UI
Bill Gates believes Microsoft losing to Android is his ‘greatest mistake’
OPPO officially introduces Under-Screen Camera technology for phones
Vivo steals the show at MWC Shanghai 2019 with 5G and 120W charging tech
Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000
Best Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P10,000 to P20,000
Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400
Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P20,000 to P30,000
Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000
Deals2 weeks ago
Pocophone F1’s cheaper price makes it an even better flagship-specced phone
News1 week ago
Huawei dealers offer ‘Special Warranty Program’ that promises 100% refund
Features2 weeks ago
6 best smartphones of 2019 (so far)
News2 weeks ago
Some Huawei phones are showing unwanted ads on lock screens
Deals5 days ago
Comparison: Globe ThePLAN vs Smart Signature Postpaid Plans
Accessories2 weeks ago
Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines
News1 week ago
After the long wait, Xiaomi is finally giving MIUI an app drawer
Enterprise6 days ago
Globe launches Southeast Asia’s first 5G service backed by Huawei