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BlackBerry KeyOne: Your Best Shot at “QWERTY” in 2017

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BlackBerry KeyOne: Your Best Shot at “QWERTY” in 2017

With each passing year, the smartphone industry keeps seeing fewer and fewer devices with a full physical keyboard. Nonetheless, BlackBerry (well TCL) has remained true to its nature by still giving us the KeyOne, a smartphone with a physical keyboard in 2017. The device was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2017.

Having a physical keyboard may not be important to a lot of people but for some, it is has become a deal breaker despite the dwindling number of options with each new year.

Though it retains that classic signature keyboard, the phone also has some modern features too. This is not our review of the device however, here are some of the features the KeyOne sports.


Made by TCL, a lot of attention was paid to retain the style that Blackberry is known for while giving it modern updates. The KeyOne front is split between a 4.5′ IPS Display and a four-row QWERTY keyboard which has a space bar also doubling for the fingerprint sensor.

BlackBerry KeyOne has a 12 megapixel camera on the back and an 8 megapixels camera on the front. The battery is non-removable. Other specifications of the device include;

  • 2.0GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU with 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage (expandable)
  • Quick charge 3.0
  • 4G LTE (up to 450 Mbps download)
  • Fingerprint Sensor (Front)
  • 3505 mAh Battery (non-removable)


Though BlackBerry is no longer responsible for hardware of the newer BlackBerry designs, they are still pretty much involved in the software. The KeyOne is pre-loaded with the DTEK security software however, it runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat). So Android lovers can still enjoy all the usuals from the app store.


The device presently goes for N365,000 on Jumia.

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