Officially unveiled back at MWC 2017, the BlackBerry KEYone is the very last in-house smartphone from BlackBerry. Although it’s manufactured by TCL, the KEYone is designed by BlackBerry itself, and it is set to be launched in Malaysia very, very soon.
In our routine search of SIRIM’s database, we notice that Brightstar Distribution registered a device with the model number “BBB100-1.” A quick search on Google revealed that this is in fact the KEYone.
What sets the KEYone apart from many other Android smartphones in the market is its physical QWERTY keyboard – BlackBerry’s signature hardware for many, many years. Aside from the keyboard, the KEYone’s other specifications are decidedly…mid-range. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,505mAh battery.
Rounding out the specifications of the KEYone are a 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 IPS display, 12MP rear and 8MP front-facing cameras, as well as Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
Although there’s no word yet on the Malaysian availability of the BlackBerry KEYone, it will likely be launched here in the very near future now that it has been registered with SIRIM. Hopefully, the KEYone won’t be priced out of the market once it reaches here.