BlackBerry Keyone prices in Hong Kong

The Keyone is a smartphone released by BlackBerry in 2017. Here are some specifications & features to look out for! It features a 1080 x 1920PX display with 433PPI and weighs 180g. This device also comes with a 12MP rear camera & a 8MP front camera, as well as a 3505mAh battery capacity.
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Unlocked BlackBerry KEYOne Release, Pushed Back

30/6/2017
Reymart Sarigumba

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If you’re eyeing the new BlackBerry KEYOne, you might have to hold onto your money for now. According to TCL, the manufacturer of the BlackBerry KEYone, the plan to release the unlocked version of the device will be pushed back until early later this month instead of the end of June. This setback was due to the carrier demand that TCL has to meet, which also includes the expanded availability at certain carriers in the US and Canada. The device will be priced at 565 USD for the unlocked version, that’s P29,000, RM2450, and SGD 775 respectively in terms of pricing here in Southeast Asia.

 Meanwhile, first-hand reviews about the phone have already taken over the internet, and for those who don't have one yet, you might want to hear what users have to say so that you’ll have an insight whether it’s worth your money or not.

  According to Matthew Miller from ZDNet, after a month of using the BlackBerry KEYOne:

 ”It is easy to see how this mid-level specced device serves as a productive daily driver for enterprise customers. It’s been a joy to use and the classy looking device fits perfectly at the office.”

 He added that it’s a phone that you can use as much as you want or need without having to worry about getting it til the end of the day with a single charge. That means, its battery life will be one of the bests that you could get right now in the market.

 Another review from the same website says that it’s a niche device for business users who need a physical key to have a complete “business” smartphone experience. Despite that, the review also says that it’s not a smartphone that will give you the fastest user experience considering its price, but it gets the job done and its battery life is what’s to love about this phone.

As a niche device that we have yet to see in the market today, it’s hard not to be interested in thing device. Whether or not this will bring BlackBerry back to its glory days, this device is surely one for the books.


27/6/2017
Reymart Sarigumba

As it was announced last year, WhatsApp stated that they will eliminate all forms of support for any device running the Blackberry Operating System. By the end of June of this year, BlackBerry handsets like the BlackBerry 10 shall no longer run the popular messaging platform. However, recently, WhatsApp has given BlackBerry a second chance, hence extending support till the last quarter of 2017. Devices that run the Blackberry Operating System like the BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 can temporarily use WhatsApp. While Blackberry’s latest handsets like the KEYone and Aurora that run on Android Operating System won’t be affected by this development.

BlackBerry’s return in the mobile arena

Blackberry was one of the renowned smartphone brands in the world, offering originally designed tablets and smartphones. It peaked in 2013 when there were over 80 million Blackberry subscribers all over the world. During that time, tech giants of late like Samsung and Apple didn’t want to keep up with it as many users wanted to own a Blackberry handset with a QWERTY keyboard.

A couple of years later, smartphone brands that incorporate the Android and iOS operating systems began to release top-of-the-line handsets, with Blackberry losing interest for innovation and fading into obscurity. Blackberry was supposed to replace its obsolete OS platform with the BlackBerry 10 – a more innovative system that is designed for modern users. However, in 2015, despite their determination to compete with big smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, they failed to keep up and began losing support from many popular apps. Now, the Blackberry is back in the smartphone arena with the BlackBerry KEYOne, harnessing one of the most pertinent operating systems – the Android. The KEYONe is now available in South East Asian markets for 2,688 RM (which converts to 869 SGD, 31489 PHP, and 4887 HKD).


19/6/2017
Reymart Sarigumba

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Weeks after its official launch, the major comeback phone of BlackBerry which is the BlackBerry KEYONE has already faced another hurdle with their new flagship device. A durability test done by a Youtuber is making rounds on the internet recently showing an issue which could pretty much follow the footsteps of the iPhone’s “bendgate” situation.

In the case of the BlackBerry KEYOne, it seems like the phone has some trouble holding its parts together, making its screen to easily pop out away from the phone’s entire hardware. There were also reports from BlackBerry KEYOne users in a BlackBerry forum claiming that the screen easily gets detached from the body even with just minor drops.

The said video can be seen below. , according to the video of the YouTuber JerryRigEverything.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mavrdYZPg0Q

However, CNET, a well-renowned tech product review site conducted their own test, and they were able to confirm the said issue. However, the test conducted were pretty extreme, for the sake of gauging the overall durability of a smartphone the measures were nothing close to the physical strain that our phone goes through on a daily basis.

In their test, they dropped a BlackBerry KEYOne ten times on carpet and times on wood, then forcibly bent the phone in full force. The result was as expected - the phone’s screen got detached from its body.  Such rigorous test will break a phone one way or the other, the way they break however depends on how they were built. For the case of the BlackBerry KEYOne, it seems like its overall build’s weakness is the adhesion of its screen to its body.

It’s worth noting that said issue only happened under the rigorous handling of the phone. Thus, it’s safe to say that users won’t really face such problem upon regular use. Just like every smartphone (or every gadget), there is, they come with their own physical limits. If you don’t want to end up on your phone’s bad side, you can always choose to handle it with care.

Durability tests, however, will tell the kind of physical limitation that you could expect from your gadget, especially after a long period of use. And, for the BlackBerry KEYOne, it’s this one.


15 May 2017
Aaron Tam

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Once upon a time, BlackBerry was used to be the brand that is associated with success and prestige. No matter what you wear, your BlackBerry could still tell the whole world that you were a VIP. That was then, the current BlackBerry is eager to reinvent itself as a dominant force once more. In its endeavor, BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone that brings back the feature that everyone has been looking forward to - a physical keyboard.

Even to this day, people usually associate BlackBerry with its signature physical keyboard. With the BlackBerry KeyOne, it just feels like coming home especially among long-time BlackBerry users and fans. As the proud element of the BlackBerry KeyOne, the physical keyboard gives you the true BlackBerry experience. Now, you will be able to navigate your way around and enjoy some typing suggestions. Amazingly, you can also program up to 52 shortcuts which are handy in all situations. As if it is not enough, your Spacebar can be programmable with its fingerprint sensor.

Aside from its incredible physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Aurora also boasts a smooth OS as well. Despite using Android OS, BlackBerry has been sensible to incorporate BlackBerry's signature software into it. Basically, it works seamlessly as you can enjoy the BlackBerry Hub. With the return of its physical keyboard and its own unique software, this BlackBerry Aurora will shine like its well-suited name.

BlackBerry Keyone Specs

Display
Screen Size 4.5 inch
Display Resolution 1080 x 1920 PX
Pixel Density 433 PPI
Scratch Resistant
Water Resistant
Camera
Resolution Back 12 MP
Dual camera
Resolution Front 8 MP
Battery
Capacity 3505 mAh
Talk Time 14 hrs
Platform
Processor Octa Core
Operating System Android
Design
Weight 180 g
Dimensions 149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm
Body Material Metal
Memory
Expandable Memory
Card Slot
Launch
Release Year 2017
Connection
USB Connectors Type-C
NFC
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
Networking
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Features
Waterproof
Virtual Reality Capable
Heart Rate Sensor
LED Notification Light
Face Recognition
Iris Scanner
Fingerprint Scanner
FM Radio
3D Touch

BlackBerry Keyone Expert Reviews

pocket-lint.com
Reviewed on 2018-01-09
BlackBerry had a respectable year in 2017. The reason was pretty simple: it started to produce attractive, well-made and secure devices once again, luring in both the company's die-hard fans and newcomers alike. When we reviewed the BlackBerry KeyOne just...
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hardwarezone.com.my
Reviewed on 2018-01-07
1 / 9 You're on a budget The Xiaomi Mi A1 is almost like a budget version of a Google Pixel phone, as it runs on pure Android OS. For just RM1,099, you also get a full metal build, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625...
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knowyourmobile.com
Reviewed on 2018-01-05
Excellent Design, Wonderful Keyboard, Great Software, Stock Android UX, Plenty of BB10's Cool Features, Good Battery Life, Amazing CameraDesign's Slightly Top-Heavy, But You Do Get Used To It
Hell, most phones these days have NO buttons on the front of them, let alone an entire QWERTY keyboard. So, yeah… the BlackBerry KEYone is different. But, so what? So's tuna-flavoured ice cream, and I don't see anyone queuing up for that.The BlackBerry br...
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Bcchardware.com
Reviewed on 2017-12-24
Physical Keyboard, Fast LTE Performance, 802.11ac, FM Radio, Great Battery Life, 4GB of RAM, 64GB Storage, Bare OS is Easy to Navigate and is Snappy, 8-Core Snapdragon 625, Fingerprint Reader in Spacebar is perfect, MicroSD Slot"Convenience" key Isn't, Display is a bit Dim, Graphic Intensive Applications Suffer, Power Button is Occasionally Sticky
Over the past month, I've been using one of the more anticipated Blackberry devices since the odd Blackberry Passport launched. The KEYone is the successor to that device and this one packs in a current version of Android, a solid processor, lots of RAM a...
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hardwarezone.com.my
Reviewed on 2017-12-22
1 / 9 You're on a budget The Xiaomi Mi A1 is almost like a budget version of a Google Pixel phone, as it runs on pure Android OS. For just RM1,099, you also get a full metal build, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625...
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hardwarezone.com.sg
Reviewed on 2017-12-20
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is almost like a budget version of a Google Pixel phone, as it runs on pure Android OS. For just S$349, you also get a full metal build, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, expandable storage, and a dual rear...
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itbusiness.ca
Reviewed on 2017-12-07
The BlackBerry KeyOne Black Edition is more than just a fresh coat of paint.On the latest All Hands on Tech, we review the upgrade to the popular TCL device, the BlackBerry KeyOne. With upgraded specs and fixed manufacturer flaws, the KeyOne Black Editio...
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techaeris.com
Reviewed on 2017-11-24
Sexy, all-black look, Increased RAM, double the storage, Sturdy construction, Solid design, Physical keyboard adds much functionality, Plenty of productivity apps, Very customizable, especially with the BlackBerry Hub, Great battery life, Decent camera, F...Shift and Alt keys reversed from typical keyboards, Convenience key can't be disabled, Doesn't seem to connect with fitness trackers
Wait, didn't you already review the BlackBerry KEYone at Techaeris? We sure did! Shortly after our review, however, TCL announced a new BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition (not to be confused with the TELUS exclusive Space Black Edition ). Not only does it fe...
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techadvisor.co.uk
Reviewed on 2017-11-23
BlackBerry is a company in decline, at least in terms of its smartphone market share. But that doesn't mean that BlackBerry phones should be discounted. In a sea of identikit Androids, iPhones and Windows Phones, the humble BlackBerry continues to stand...
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straitstimes.com
Reviewed on 2017-10-25
Business users can return to being glued to their BlackBerry smartphones with the release of KEYone, a touchscreen phone that comes with a physical capacitive keyboard that is Blackberry's calling card.Local buyers here will get only the Black edition, wh...
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mymobileindia.com
Reviewed on 2017-09-01
QWERTY KeypadIt could be the screen
BlackBerry is the latest to make a comeback after a long haul into the Indian market after Nokia. The Canadian brand is now being marketed by the Delhi-based Optiemus Infracom Limited in India and has recently launched the limited edition of its latest sm...
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trustedreviews.com
Reviewed on 2017-08-31
Solid security, Useful productivity features, Excellent batteryUnderpowered CPU, Expensive, Physical keyboard won't be for everyone
Instead of releasing a new phone at IFA 2017, Blackberry is showing off a refined version of its keyboard-toting KEYone with a new black colour scheme. Aside from looking a whole lot slicker, the new KEYone is pretty much the same. The RAM has been uppe...
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thetechy.com
Reviewed on 2017-08-30
Does a full-fledged touchscreen display with a physical keyboard even make any sense – is that what your smartphone experience has been sorely lacking? We doubt it. We had been using the BlackBerry Keyone for a week to find out whether it's the most innov...
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techsmart.co.za
Reviewed on 2017-08-30
Great battery life, Solid display, Good all-round cameraMixed design, Finicky QWERTY keyboard
BlackBerry is entering it's latest chapter. Much like Nokia, the mobile brand is now been handled by another company, with TCL acquiring the license to create devices under the BlackBerry Mobile banner. The first of these offerings is the KEYone, which w...
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digit.in
Reviewed on 2017-08-16
BlackBerry Keyboard is great, DTEK security and BB Hub are useful apps, Good battery life, Camera clicks good pics in well-lit conditionsOverall performance could have been better, Display aspect ratio isn't great for watching videos, Inconvenient power button placement
Once upon a time, when smartphones were at a nascent stage, a company known as BlackBerry made smartphones for the businessman. If you owned a BlackBerry you were taken seriously. People wanted to know your BlackBerry Pin, they wondered how you typed so f...
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techaddicts.uk
Reviewed on 2017-08-13
It's safe to say that BlackBerry is back, the KeyOne is one of the most exciting phones to be released in the last year. It dares to play with the trend of the candy bar that is ever so popular. Whilst it's hardly the revolution of the Priv it's a nice am...
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firstpost.com
Reviewed on 2017-08-04
After the initial announcement of the BlackBerry KEYone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) earlier this year, BlackBerry fans who have been hanging on to their Passports, Classics (or Privs) once again got excited for two reasons. First, they were happy t...
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product-reviews.net
Reviewed on 2017-08-03
One of the hottest phones to buy right now is the BlackBerry Keyone, the company's latest effort to reestablish the BlackBerry brand and with the Keyone we can definitely see a lot of heads turning.The design of this phone is lovely and we can see especia...
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91mobiles.com
Reviewed on 2017-08-01
Elegant looks and solid build, Tons of shortcuts and productivity features, Reasonable performance, good battery lifeNot ideal for video watching, Pricey, Photos by Raj Rout, Top Alternatives, Facebook Comments, ShareTweet
Nokia made a re-entry into the smartphone segment very recently, but that's not the only iconic brand making a comeback… considering the device I now hold in my hand. Perhaps, the word ‘comeback' may not be apt to describe it, since BlackBerry has always...
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gadgets.ndtv.com
Reviewed on 2017-08-01
Good, Physical keyboard with shortcuts, Useful BlackBerry apps, Good battery lifeExpensive, Small screen, Average performance, Landscape usage is awkward
Over the past three or four years, BlackBerry has tried multiple different strategies in the wild hope that something will work. We've seen candybars and sliders; touchscreens and keyboards; budget and ultra-premium; traditional and experimental; BlackBer...
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