BlackBerry Still Isn't Dead, and a New Phone is On the Way

By Tom Pritchard on at

Surprise! BlackBerry is still at it, coming out with smartphone after smartphone, despite being overshadowed by everyone. Even Windows phones. You have to admire its tenacity. This year it's coming out with the KEYOne, for the whopping price of £499.

Ok so it's not actually BlackBerry BlackBerry, since Chinese company TCL has licensed the name, but it's not like you can really tell. In typical BlackBerry style it has a physical keyboard, though this one is touch-sensitive, meaning you can swipe between letters. The space bar also has a fingerprint scanner built in, and the other keys can be programmed to launch specific apps. The phone itself runs Android 7.1, with BlackBerry's DTEK software on top to offer the security BlackBerry is known for.

As for the hardware there's a 4.5-inch full HD display (1620x1080 resolution to account for the keyboard), a Snapdragon 625 processor, a 3.505 mAh battery with BlackBerry's 'Boost' fast charging system, a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and 32GB of storage with microSD expansion. Which is all fairly standard.

The KeyOne will go on sale in April, and is only available in black. As we said before, it'll cost £499. That'll be fun for all six of you who want a BlackBerry!