TCL Communications, yes they are related to the TCL company behind those Roku TVs, is kicking off Mobile World Congress(MWC) 2017. This time TCL Communications is bringing back a brand that each of you most likely knows. Yes, they are introducing the BlackBerry KEYOne which is the official name of the codenamed “Mercury” device from CES 2017.
The BlackBerry KEYOne features a physical QWERTY keyboard and all of the modern day features you would expect from a smartphone. It has a 2017 update to the classic BlackBerry keyboard as the spacebar now doubles as a fingerprint sensor. The KEYOne has a 4.5-inch 1620 X 1080 IPS LCD display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Powering the KEYOne is a 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core processor with 3GB of RAM. It is running Android 7.1 Nougat with BlackBerry Hub for unique features and DTEK by BlackBerry for increased security. The Hub allows you to easily access emails, messages, social accounts, and all notifications through one easy application. DTEK by BlackBerry lets you see how secure your smartphone is on an overall level, plus you can see specific issues if they arise.
You will find a 12-megapixel camera with LED flash on the back that has a Sony IMX378 camera sensor. The front features an 8-megapixel lens with an 84-degree wide angle lens. Lastly, the KEYOne has a 3,505mAh battery inside that has QuickCharge 3.0 technology.
TCL’s BlackBerry KEYOne will be launching globally in April and should retail for $549 in the United States.