Once known as the BlackBerry Mercury, the KEYone is the first phone from the newly-consolidated BlackBerry Mobile to be built with a QWERTY keyboard.
Originally announced at CES 2017, the KEYone features a 4.5-inch 1620x1080 IPS display with an odd 3:2 aspect ratio, allowing a big screen and a full-sized keyboard to co-exist without the phone becoming onerously tall.
Of course, that keyboard is why you show up to this particular party, with excellent travel, support for motion gestures, and a fingerprint sensor embedded into the spacebar, all important features to power users. And it’s backlit.
BlackBerry is also making a big deal about the software, which will be based on Android 7.1.1 when it ships in April. There are plenty of BlackBerry security apps built in, including an improved DTEK, along with upgrades to the Hub, Launcher and many more.
The KEYone is made solidly out of aluminum and feels sturdy and robust. While it doesn’t support wireless charging like the Priv, its 3500mAh battery should last all day thanks to the Snapdragon 625 chip built in, and Quick Charge 3.0 makes it easy to juice the phone in only a few minutes.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.