BlackBerry’s newest smartphone, the KEYone (formally known as Mercury) is coming to Canada in April this year, and should sell for around $720 CAD off contract. BlackBerry has setup a page where you can sign up for first access to the new device.
The KEYone is a the latest attempt to appease the crowd who prefer a physical keyboard over a virtual (on-screen) keyboard. This is also aimed at the business folk who aren’t looking to watch a ton a media and play games. It is not to say you cannot, but the IPS 4.5″ 3:2 aspect ratio display could make things look odd.
That keyboard by the way looks promising. Just like the BlackBerry PRIV, the back lit keyboard is touch sensitive, so as you glide your fingers across the keyboard, it acts as a mouse and allows you to scroll the screen, or move the cursor around. All keys can be set as shortcuts, such as opening your favourite apps. The space bar acts as a fingerprint scanner – which according to reviewers, responds nice and fast.
As for specs, the KEYone will come with a Snapdragon 625 chip, 3505mAh batter (with Quick Charge 3.0), 12MP f/2.0 rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and Android Nougat 7.1 installed.