Blackberry Mercury Aka Blackberry KEYone Unveiled at the MWC 2017

By February 26th, 2017 AT 12:45 AM

Back at the CES 2017 event, Blackberry, owned by TCL showcased a throwback-style keyboarded smartphone, which also runs Android. At that point of time, the company thought of keeping the specs of the smartphone hidden, but rumours have leaked the complete specs.


That said, the phone looks very classy with the old-style Blackberry fashioned keyboard. However, TCL has gone with somewhat relatively mid-range specs with the KEYone. The phone packs a 4.5-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1080×1620 pixels that further extends to a pixel density of 433 PPI.

Under-the-hood, the Blackberry KEYone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, clubbed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage can be further expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card slot. Graphics in the phone will be taken care by Adreno 506 GPU. The Snapdragon 625 SoC is built on the new 14nm manufacturing process and helps in extending the phone’s battery life by 40 percent.

Also Read: New Nokia 3310 (2017) To Take Design Cues from Nokia 150; May Run Symbian S30+: Report

In terms of camera, rumours earlier revealed that the Blackberry KEYone would feature the same camera setup as seen on Google Pixel phones. And the rumours are true. The KEYone comes with the same 12MP rear camera as seen on Pixel phones with large f/2.0 aperture size and 1.55um lens. And we all know what the cameras on Pixel phones achieved. Up front, there’s an 8MP front-facing camera with a f/2.2 aperture.

The phone has all the standard set of connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 4G LTE, VoLTE, and NFC. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor embedded into the keyboard of the phone and a USB Type-C (USB 3.1) can be seen at the bottom side of the phone.

Also Read: Vivo Y55s With Snapdragon 425 SoC and 3GB of RAM Launched for Rs. 12,490

The phone boots Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and is armed with a 3505mAh battery, which also has support for fast charging in the form of Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0. The phone weighs 180 grams and measures 149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4mm.

Coming to the major aspect of the phone, the trademark Blackberry Keyboard, which can be tweaked to perform several operations such as quick launch apps, ‘Flick Typing’- a gesture that can be used for predictive texting. Interestingly, the keyboard itself acts as a touchpad. Finally, the pricing of the phone. The Blackberry KEYone will retail for $549 (approximately Rs. 36584) and will go on sale from April 2017.

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

Leave a Reply

Photo and Image Files
7 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
3 Comment authors
Blackberry KEYone With Beefed Up Specifications Might Launch in India on August 1Moto G5, G5 Plus to Be Unveiled Today: Here’s What to Expect From the SmartphonesMudassarArenalalit Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted

[…] the Blackberry KEYone smartphone launched at the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona earlier this year? If you don’t, then here’s an exciting news because the […]


[…] Blackberry Mercury Aka Blackberry KEYone Unveiled at the MWC 2017 […]

Recent Posts

India Registers Growth in Fixed Broadband Subscription in March, ACT Fibernet Registers Noticeable Spike

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday released the Telecom Subscription Data as of March 31, 2020 that...

TDSAT Denies Immediate Relief to Vodafone Idea Premium Plan, Reliance Jio Files for Impleadment

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Tuesday denied immediate relief to Vodafone Idea over its petition challenging...

Jio and BSNL Gain Subscribers in March as Vodafone and Airtel Lose

Reliance Jio and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) gained subscribers while Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea lost its users in...