BlackBerry India launches KEYone with QWERTY keyboard for Rs. 39990

BlackBerry KEYone, a smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, has been officially launched in India today. It was first unveiled at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona back in February. The KEYone is designed, manufactured and sold by Optiemus in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The KEYone rocks a 4.5-inch IPS display, which has a pixel density of 433 PPI, resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels and screen ratio of 3:2. The phone is being powered by a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz along with Adreno 506 GPU. The main USP of this phone is its 4-row QWERTY backlit keyboard, which comes with touch gesture keys and flick typing support. It also has up to 52 customizable shortcuts. The KEYone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat OS, which also has security and productivity suite from BlackBerry.

In the camera department of the KEYone, we get a 12 megapixel primary rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF and f/2.0 aperture. It can record 4K videos as well. There is a 8 megapixel selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2. It supports Dual SIM (nano) but comes with a hybrid slot and the fingerprint sensor of the KEYone is embedded into the space bar key. The phone is made up of anodized aluminium frame but has a soft touch textured cover at the back.

The BlackBerry KEYone packs in 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. The storage can be expanded externally up to 2TB by adding a microSD card. It is a 4G VoLTE enabled phone which also includes Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band) and 3G HSPA+ in the connectivity department. Under the hood, there is a 3505mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. According to the company, it will get charged from 0-50% in just 36 minutes.

The BlackBerry KEYone is priced at Rs. 39,990 and will go on sale exclusively on Amazon India from August 8 in Limited Edition Black color. According to us, the phone is grossly overpriced. So we would like you guys to comment and let us know if we should include it in our smartphones under 40000 list or not.

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He is the Co-Founder of BSU. A Tech enthusiast at heart, who loves to write long form articles. A certified foodie who won't give up Chicken for anything else in this world. A Manchester United fan, who loves to play Fifa when not in work mode.

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