REVIEWED: BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone

A phone with a physical keyboard? Now that’s retro, but this unusual handset’s spec if all about security

Do modern phones push your buttons? Touch-keypads aren’t for everyone, so it’s good to see the return of a bevy of BlackBerry’s, chief among them the KeyOne. TravGear managed to take a sneak peak at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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The highlight is the physical keyboard, of course, which responds to touch gestures as well as typing. A BlackBerry Trackpad has a fingerprint sensor inside for security, and enables ‘flick typing’. Inside is also the famed DTEK security app.

 

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There’s something undeniably retro about the design, but the curved sides are so 21st century. Happily, it also runs the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS.

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The rear camera shoots in 12 megapixels and has a Sony IMX378 sensor, so travel photos should be clear and sharp.

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There’s a leather-look rear that’s sooo BlackBerry, while inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. That means a super-speedy phone that also has Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 tech for rapid-fire recharging.

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The 4.5-inch display uses Corning Gorilla Glass 4, so it ought to stay in one piece when on the road.

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Finally, the PR shot.