The Motion, launched by BlackBerry at the Technology Week conference in Dubai over the weekend, has a great deal in common with the KEYone.
It shares a more or less similar design language, the same hardware internals including what could be similar cameras, the same pure and mainly unadulterated software experience with BlackBerry’s DTEK security suite, and an almost likewise sized battery with fast charging.
It doesn’t dispatch with the KEYone’s hallmark keyboard, however, and quite understandably then, misses from the KEYone’s type of old-school retro charm.
Let’s take a glance at the KEYone. It comes with a
4.5-inch 1080p screen with a unique 3:2 aspect ratio and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top.
It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor chip clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU.
The variant that comes in India comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage space which is further expandable by up to 2TB with a micro-SD card slot.
The phone is backed with a 3,505mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 (50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes).
The dual-SIM KEYone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications.
Moving on, the KEYone includes a 12-megapixel camera — with a Sony IMX378 sensor — on the rear with f/2.0 “Large Pixel” like the one onboard the Google Pixel. The rear camera can record 4K videos. On the front, the KEYone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.
The USP of the BlackBerry KEYone is, however, its full-scale physical QWERTY. Unlike the Priv (BlackBerry’s last QWERTY phone) however, the KEYone features the physical keyboard in continuation with the touchscreen.
The look is old-school BlackBerry, which implies that the phone may have been on the company’s mind a long time before it hung its boots.
The QWERTY, exactly like it is at the Priv, supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also over 50 application shortcuts.
The area bar, on the other hand, gets a fresh fingerprint scanner up-top. The phone also includes touch-based navigation secrets. On the trunk, the KEYone sports rugged materials together with the metallic.
The BlackBerry logo design graces the center while a huge camera module with a dual-LED flash next to it sits at the top. The module, however, sits flush into the body.