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In a nutshell

  • 4.5-inch Full HD+ display
  • 12MP camera
  • Available in 32GB and 64GB
  • Available in Silver and Black
  • 26+ Hours use and with Quick Charge 3.0, get up to 50% charge in just 36 minutes

What Carphone Warehouse says

What Carphone Say

“If you’re looking for something that goes against the grain, the KEYone is the smartphone for you – with its striking build and smart keyboard.”

What Users Say

4.8 based on

  • Camera

    12 Megapixels

  • Storage

    Available in 32GB

  • Display

    4.5 inches

  • Operating System

    Android Nougat (7.1)

View full specifications
  • Intelligent keyboard

    BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard is back, but with a difference. Now you can set shortcuts to every button, opening apps in an instant.

  • Powerful camera

    The 12MP rear camera is powered by a Sony IMX378 sensor, and has large pixels to capture lots of light for bright photos.

  • Android-powered

    The KEYone runs on the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android by Google.

Design and display

Breaking the mould

The KEYone has a 4.5-inch display with Full HD resolution - the distinctly different shape making way for the smart keyboard. It takes up less room than an on-screen one, and leaves you with more display to play with.  

Keyboard shortcuts

Each of the 52 keys can be programmed to support a shortcut with a long-press. So, you could save ‘I” for Instagram or “C” for camera - it’s up to you. There’s also a secret fingerprint scanner inside the space bar.

 

Camera

Built with expertise

On the back of the smartphone is a powerful 12MP camera, built with Sony’s industry-leading camera expertise. The sensor features large 1.55μm pixels, to let in loads of light for bright and colourful photos, and it can shoot video in 4K.

Front-facing lens

On the front of the phone is a secondary camera, able to film video in Full HD. The 8MP sensor is perfect for video chatting, using the likes of Skype, or Google’s own, Duo

Under the hood

Super secure

With BlackBerry’s security software, the KEYone is one of the most secure Android smartphones available. You’ll receive monthly security updates - free to download – and the DTEK security app comes pre-installed on the device.  

Plenty of power

A 2.0GHz octa-core processor is in charge of keeping all your favourite apps and games running smoothly, backed up by 3GB RAM. If that’s not enough there’s also a huge 3,505mAh battery, which is one of the largest cell capacities available at the moment.  

BlackBerry legal disclaimer: Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited and used under license by TCL Communication Ltd

SPECIFICATION SUMMARY

WHAT's IN THE BOX

The box contains

  • Device
  • SIM adapter
  • User manual
  • Headphones
  • SIM card removal tool
  • USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Connectivity

    • GLONASS, BeiDou2, OTDOA

  • Camera

    • Dual tone LED flash

    • 4K

    • 8 megapixels

    • 12 megapixels

  • Storage

    • MicroSD

    • 256 GB

    • 32 GB

  • Music and entertainment

  • Processor

    • Octa

    • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53

    • 3 GB

    • 2 GHz

  • Display

    • Full HD

    • 433 ppi

    • 1080 x 1620p

    • IPS LCD

    • 4.5 inches

  • Specification

  • Body

    • Nano

  • Dimensions

    • 149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm

    • 180 grams

  • Calls & Messages

    • Quad band

  • Operating System

    • Android

    • Android Nougat (7.1)

  • Apps

    • Play store

  • Battery

    • USB Type-C

    • 3505 mAh

  • Special Features

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BlackBerry KEYone is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 53.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful looking phone I have had an iPhone for a long time now and still have an iPhone 7 Plus that I wanted to keep in case the BlackBerry wasn’t what i had hoped. Well I can honestly say I’ll be cashing in on the iPhone as the keyone does everything you would expect in a phone. If your getting one go for the black, not so much for the style choice but, more for the extra gig of RAM. The battery life is excellent and the whole issue of using an older slower processor is no issue for most people. I have to admit the iPhone 7 Plus battery life was also great but i missed having a keyboard. Honestly don’t feel the need to be paying £60-70 a month for a phone when there are great options out there for £38pm
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy for the battery life alone! I bought this phone a few days ago after having an iPhone for 2 years prior, I'm so happy with this phone, the battery life alone makes my know I've made the right decision! I work 12 hour shifts and with the iPhone I had to make sure I took my charger to work with me if not it wouldn't last all day, this phones battery last well over 24 hours! The handset it's self is relatively easy to use, it did take me a few days to get used to using the keyboard as its been so long since I last had a BB, the screen size is slightly smaller than other phones due to the keyboard which I don't mind as you can use the keyboard to scroll, and it has finger print recognition like many other more expensive phones, so far very impressed with everything and I can't believe how underrated this phone is! Even the monthly tariffs on the phone are a lot cheaper than other phones!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A seriously underrated Phone and Brand! I've always been fond of Blackberry phones because of their physical keyboard, but I've been reluctant to go back blackberry thinking, like most, that their phones weren't up to market standards and company is a dying brand. After having owned Apple and Samsung phones for a good ten years, I got frustrated of typing on touch screens and finally decided to give blackberry Keyone a go as a business phone. Boy, was I impressed! This has to be the best phone I have ever owned. Writing on a Keyboard is dream. The Keyone has this amazing feature that allows you literally 'flick' predicted words onto the screen, none of that annoying auto-correct function which makes typing on touch screens a tedious chore. On most touch-screen phones you have swipe on the screen to find your app, which can be tad difficult when you're trying to find that android pay app to tap on the bus or tube station. With Blackberry you can assign numerous shortcuts from your keyboard to each app. So, for example, if you click an A, the android pay pops up, W for whatsapp, T for twitter, G for Gmail... and there's like 52 of these shortcuts in total, I think. Love it! No more fumbling around on the touch screen looking for apps, just one click and your app comes up! The Battery life on this phone beats any Samsung or Apple phone hands down. It seems to go on forever, even when you're listening to something, or watching a video on Youtube. I have been able to use this phone for two days without charge, even with heavy use! There's probably so much more I can write, but this alone should be sufficient for anyone considering blackberry Keyone a try. It's a shame the phone wasn't advertised that well by BB. I think had most people known what this phone can do, a lot of them would have loved to get their hands on one of these! Yes, this is a very, very underrated phone, and I am proud I own one!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great to have a balckberry once again. As a blackberry user for many years what I say about this phone may seem biased but it is truly not as i have never til now had blackberry running on android ( a platform I never wanted) for various reasons but ended up with on my previous phone, (Which I grew to love android). the keyone is the best phone I have owned since the passport. I loved the passport but the bb10 app store did not offer the aps I required so I sold the phone 11 month later bought another top spec phone running android, not mentioning brand and model but it was a flagship device from a market leader. it was and still is a great phone but I hate touch screen keyboards and simply cant write text without getting frustrated and making mistakes. now that I'm used to android and actually enjoy it I was thrilled to stumble across the keyone powered by android os at upgrade time. (before I seen this phone I was going in to renew my contact on sim only as after this 24 month there was nothing that I didn't already have) After a quick bit research I went for it. All the other phones all look and do the same thing as my 2 year old phone. Sure as you will hear on reports its not running the latest chipset but this is to maintain exceptional battery life, its deliberate as it doesn't need it and having it just because its there would hinder battery life. (I couldn't get a full day on my old phone) but I'm on for 2 days with the key one with heavy'ish use. everything I loved about blackberry is on the keyone and easily replaces the passport and my more recent android device. I don't use phones for games or watching movies so I cant comment on performance on that front but for what I use my phone for is browsing and using apps such as social media, shopping, and utilities. I've had no experience of freezing, lag or any other hassle. It performs just as smooth as my previous device that had more ram and faster processor and I cant tell any difference on performance from my oher phone based on what I used it for. The build quality and look of the phone is top notch and just as good as my previous 2 mentioned devices, The battery performance is streets ahead of any other phone on sale today. The keyboard is fantastic and the size of the screen is more than enough, actually huge. Even though its 1 inch smaller than my previous device it does not seem like it and I haven't noticed any difference in size of screen. If you have never owned a blackberry before it will be a marmite situation. But if you loved blackberry and were forced to jump ship like I was purely to lack of required apps on bb10 os then this is absolutely the phone for you and you will not regret the purchase. I almost forgot the sound quality during calls is crystal clear and signal is excellent. the audio quality from inbuilt speaker is the same as you would get from any other phone really and the in built speaker is loud. Audio quality (depending on headphones) is fantastic, better than all my previous phones. With a graphic equaliser to adjust to your preference. I don't know wether or not this is due to the os being close to stock and not being full of manufactures bloatware that removes this sort of thing to replace with their own varient, But ive not til now seen a phone with a graphic equaliser and this has been the best audio quality I've ever been able to get from a phone. if I had known this before I bought the phone this would have been the biggest selling point to me and a massive thumbs up to that!
Date published: 2017-10-15
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