BlackBerry KEYone Atramentous Edition hands-on
Instead of absolution a new buzz at IFA 2018, Blackberry KEYone is assuming off a aesthetic adaptation of its keyboard-toting KEYone with a new atramentous colour scheme.
Aside from attractive a accomplished lot slicker, the new KEYone is appealing abundant the same. The RAM has been upped to 4GB and the accumulator angled to 64GB, but the processor and software all abide the same.
As a lover of aphotic atramentous phones, I anticipate this Blackberry KEYone looks ace. All the $.25 that acclimated to be silver, including the logo and aggregate keys, are now absolutely atramentous and it about makes the buzz feel slimmer and so abundant added modern.
Check out the pictures aloft for a bigger attending and backpack on account for our abounding KEYone review. The ‘Black Edition’ will go on auction in mid-September for £549.
What is the BlackBerry KEYone?
The Blackberry KEYone is the latest handset from above smartphone ample BlackBerry. It aims to action the archetypal BlackBerry keyboard acquaintance to old-school association who bethink the aboriginal Bold.
Paired with the cutting-edge Android Nougat OS and the best array activity I’ve apparent on a handset this year, the KEYone about achieves this ambition and is a solid best for hardcore BlackBerry admirers ache for a appropriate assignment handset.
However, I’m not assertive the keyboard will be abundant to win over the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy bearing who grew up on touchscreen devices, abnormally accustomed the KEYone’s adequately ample amount tag.
BlackBerry KEYone – Design
The Blackberry KEYone feels audibly like a archetypal BlackBerry buzz beeline out of the aboriginal 2000s. It combines architecture elements from the company’s aboriginal Android phone, the Priv, which featured a slide-out ‘smart’ keyboard, and the newer DTEK60, which was a authentic touchscreen phone.
The end aftereffect is a handset that looks a little like a all-inclusive BlackBerry Passport, area the keyboard sits below a ellipsoidal touchscreen. The aluminium anatomy and textured aback awning abide the KEYone’s awakening feel but will bisect opinion.
Showing the handset to a ancestors friend’s boyish kids, the duo’s acknowledgment was a PG-13 “what the (fudge) is that?” But an earlier about who spent best of her career bashing out emails on QWERTY BlackBerry keyboards all but squealed with blitheness aback I demoed the KEYone to her.
As accounting adventures go the Blackberry KEYone’s keyboard is one of the best I’ve tested, featuring solid autocorrect and a chic flick arrangement that lets you bound acquire on-screen chat suggestions. I’m not assertive that adolescent buyers aloft on touchscreens will be able to blazon faster, however. After a solid anniversary application the Blackberry KEYone I still begin application the concrete keyboard a little odd and had to anticipate about what I was accomplishing added than I’d like.
With abiding use I can see it actuality abundant for adeptness users who accept to adapt lengthier abstracts on their phone. This is mainly because the backlit ‘smart’ keyboard appearance the aforementioned action blow tech as apparent on the Priv, which lets you use it as a trackpad. The affection is a benefaction that gives you abundant greater ascendancy over the cursor aback selecting text.
The adeptness to affairs shortcuts into anniversary key as able-bodied as a appropriate programmable ‘action key’ on the phone’s right-hand ancillary is accession advantageous touch. The shortcuts are activated with either a abbreviate or continued columnist and are abundant for bodies who demand to bound actuate or barrage consistently acclimated applications and casework on the fly. I set specific contacts to keyboard keys, authoritative it accessible for me to bound alarm them after accepting to attending through my buzz book, for example.
Despite attractive awakening BlackBerry’s additionally managed to amount the KEYone with all the kit and connectivity you’d apprehend from a 2017 flagship.
The keyboard’s amplitude bar key comes loaded with a fingerprint scanner, which during my tests accepted reliable and the use of a USB-C anchorage and Qualcomm Quick Allegation 3.0 tech ensures it should bout rivals for abstracts alteration and allegation speeds.
Build affection is solid, admitting the textured aback is a blemish allurement and the KEYone calmly survived an adventitious appointment with a aggressive toddler with a affection to bite or bandy everything.
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My alone agitation with the Blackberry KEYone’s architecture is that the keyboard leads to some appealing austere trade-offs for approved users that primarily use their buzz for entertainment. The accession of the keyboard and all the able tech central agency the KEYone is appealing chunky, barometer in at 9.4mm and belief 180g.
The ambit aren’t terrible, abnormally as the keyboard agency 90% of the time you’ll be application it two-handed, but it does accomplish the buzz feel abundant added like a phablet, admitting it alone accepting a 4.5-inch screen.
The bigger affair is how the keyboard affects media burning and gaming. Putting abreast the actuality that the keyboard reduces the awning size, the way it juts out of the basal makes arena games, which are about advised to assignment in landscape, a little awkward.
BlackBerry KEYone – Display
The 4.5-inch screen’s 3:2 aspect arrangement is accession accessory affair that makes some applications, and decidedly video content, attending a little odd.
Outside of this the awning is appealing good. The 1620 x 1080 resolution gives the affectation a brittle 434ppi (pixels per inch) density, ensuring argument and icons attending analogously sharp. The IPS console additionally offers appropriately apple-pie whites and, although the blacks aren’t as aphotic as on AMOLED buzz screens, such as the Galaxy S8’s, they’re appropriately deep. Colours are additionally analytic acceptable and don’t attending too air-conditioned or overcooked.
The alone accessory abrogating is that examination angles aren’t absolutely as advanced as I’d like on a buzz in the BlackBerry KEYone amount bracket, admitting because the actuality best bodies won’t demand to use it to watch movies or TV shows, this is a accessory quibble.