BlackBerry KEYOne Smartphone: Is It Good for Business?

  • BlackBerry KEYOne Smartphone: Is It Good for Business?

BlackBerry KEYOne Smartphone: Is It Good for Business?

Being a BlackBerry, the defining feature of the KEYone is its physical keyboard.

Since one of the BlackBerry smartphones to be launched by TCL in the coming months seems to belong to the budget-friendly category, the other one could be a pure mid-range smartphone.

The TCL-produced smartphone, running Android 7.1, is the first under a new licensing strategy by BlackBerry.

The KEYone was known as the BlackBerry "Mercury" at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, with limited information about the specs of the phone.

I'm going to ignore the question of whether any modern Android smartphone should have a physical keyboard or not and just assume for a moment that it makes sense for some people. The app will also monitor BlackBerry's integrated apps, such as contacts, location or text messages.

If you were to go through MWC 2017 keynote presentations of companies like Nokia, BlackBerry, LG, Motorola and even Huawei, you might see a pattern. The Smart Keyboard, as it's called, responds to touch gestures, can be programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, and has a fingerprint sensor built directly into the spacebar.

While the smartphone is super secure with BlackBerry's software, over Android Nougat, it also has a physical keyboard which is widely appreciated by corporates. Its 4.5-inch screen sports a 1,620 x 1,080 display resolution that is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. In the hand, the unit is comparable in size to a larger smartphone, think the plus-sized iPhone, or Samsung's Note series. Both have shown a complete divergence from the common smartphone market trends of high powered smartphones that operate nearly exclusively using touchscreens.

Despite being somewhat overcome with utter revulsion at the mere thought of holding a BlackBerry in this day and age, we were pleasantly surprised by the how sharp the phone's 1620x1080 screen appeared and we didn't have any major issues with how well it functioned it during our short time using it. Another benefit of BlackBerry Hub, is the ability to manage multiple email accounts without switching between apps, with support for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, Microsoft Exchange accounts, and many other IMAP and POP3 email providers.

Sure, your phone's notifications panel does this right now, but notifications disappear.

It can be noticed that in several reports, the KEYone is considered a big chance for the BlackBerry brand's comeback.

Processor and operating systemThe BlackBerry KeyOne is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU.

Hang on. didn't Blackberry say it was ditching making smartphones altogether? Sam Byford of The Verge stated in an early review that the KEYone might very well be the first BlackBerry in the long time that could very well be attractive to the majority of the mobile market.