BlackBerry KEYone Review: Typing Purist’s Phone

Intro

BlackBerry KEYone

RM 2688
BlackBerry KEYone
8.6

Build Quality

10/10

Accessories

8/10

Audio

8/10

Display

9/10

Camera

9/10

Software & Features

9/10

Performance

8/10

Battery Life

10/10

Value

8/10

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Accurate & fast fingerprint scanner on spacebar
  • Great 4.5-inch 1080p IPS display
  • Excellent rear camera
  • Great performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Tactile & touch capacitive physical keyboard

Cons

  • No IP-rated dust and water resistant
  • Weak in entertainment (odd screen ratio, single speaker)
  • Only included Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 adapter
  • High price for mid-range spec

BlackBerry KEYone review

Owning a BlackBerry phone was one of the items on my wishlist before the Apple iOS and Android smartphone wave arrives Malaysia.¬†Even though that time Nokia and Sony Ericsson were immensely popular among the consumers, to me, however, they felt extremely boring and lack of features compared to the BlackBerry. That’s why BlackBerry manage to grab my attention with the enterprise-user-oriented software features¬†as well as the physical keyboard & trackball on certain models.

When I first received the review unit for the BlackBerry KEYone, that feeling of nostalgia hit me real hard because I finally get to use and thoroughly test a new generation BlackBerry smartphone that runs on Android operating systems. Read on to find out what do I think of the BlackBerry KEYone and whether if it suits your needs or not.

BlackBerry KEYone Specifications Overview

BlackBerry KEYone
CPU & GPUQualcomm Snapdragon 625 (8 x A53 @ 2.0 GHz)
Adreno 506
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB
supporting MicroSD up to 2 TB (occupies SIM slot 2)
Display4.5 inches
1080p FHD (1080 x 1620)
IPS
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Camera (rear)12 MP
f/2.0 aperture
PDAF
Dual tone LED flash
Sony IMX378
Camera (front)8 MP
f/2.2 aperture
BatteryNon-removable 3505mAh Li-Ion
Quick Charge 3.0
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
SIMHybrid dual SIM (Micro + Nano)
ConnectivityGSM / HSPA / LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS2
FeaturesCapacitive Touch 4-row BlackBerry Keyboard

Unboxing

What comes in the box:

  • BlackBerry KEYone
  • Charging adapter (Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0)
  • USB-C cable
  • Earphones & replacement earbuds
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