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BlackBerry KEYone to launch in India today: Everything you need to know

The BlackBerry KEYone comes with a physical QWERTY keypad where the fingerprint sensor is embedded on the spacebar.

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BlackBerry is all set to unveil the KEYone smartphone in India today. BlackBerry will be launching the smartphone at an event in New Delhi scheduled to start at 11:00AM. The KEYone was first teased at CES 2017, and unveiled at MWC 2017. The smartphone is currently available in the US, priced at $549 that rounds off to Rs 36,500 approximately. The KEYone is said to be BlackBerry s last in-house designed, and developed smartphone. Also Read - In the wake of BlackBerry: How one of the biggest smartphone maker in history fell from grace

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Prior to BlackBerry s India launch announcement, the smartphone was listed on an Indian retailer s website with a price tag of Rs 39,999. The India pricing and availability details are all that remains a mystery now. BlackBerry revives the company s classic physical QWERTY keypad with the KEYone. While the keypad retains the classic look, it is also a smart keyboard as each key can be programmed to bring up apps or contacts mostly used. The QWERTY keyboard also doubles as a touchpad allowing one to slide across to navigate between homescreens and webpages.

In terms of design, the smartphone flaunts a metallic frame and a soft textured back for easier grip. The smartphone also comes with a fingerprint sensor which is embedded in the spacebar. As seen in the BlackBerry DTEK-series, the KEYone also comes with security features to monitors OS and apps and also keep users informed about their privacy status. The smartphone will come with BBM messaging app and BlackBerry Hub pre-installed. ALSO READ: BlackBerry KEYOne sees extremely high demand in the US; TCL acknowledges facing stock issues

In terms of specifications, the BlackBerry KEYone features a 4.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display with aspect ratio of 3:2 and pixel density of 433ppi. The KEYone is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.5GHz, and paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone also comes with 32GB of onboard storage which is further expandable up to 2TB via microSD. ALSO READ: BlackBerry KEYone hands-on and first impressions

For photography, the KEYone sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, EIS, 4K video recording at 30fps and dual-tone LED flash. It is the same Sony IMX378 sensor that Google has used on the Pixel and the Pixel XL smartphones. Up front, the smartphone sports an 8-megapixel front facing camera featuring f/2.2 aperture, and 84-degree wide-angle field of view lens. Its connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,505mAh battery along with Quick Charge 3.0 support. On the software front, it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

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  • Published Date: August 1, 2017 7:00 AM IST

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