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BlackBerry Mercury / KEYone

alaTest has collected and analyzed 413 reviews of BlackBerry Mercury / KEYone. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the design and battery are generally positive. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. The connectivity and reception get critical reviews, and there are some mixed opinions about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BlackBerry Mercury / KEYone is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (digitaltrends.com)

BlackBerry KeyOne review

 

BlackBerry's KeyOne is the best smartphone you can buy if you want a physical keyboard.

Excellent battery life ; Great keyboard customization options ; Brick-like build quality ; Capable camera ; Top-notch security

Occasional performance stutters ; Bulky, not ergonomic ; Subpar navigation icons

BlackBerry’s KeyOne offers an excellent keyboard, where every key can act like shortcuts for apps and actions. It has more than a day of battery capacity, and is equipped with a capable rear camera. Our only issues are the KeyOne’s occasional...

Jan, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

BlackBerry KEYone review: Vintage vibes and a modern OS

 

The third time really is the charm. The earlier Android phones BlackBerry made with partner TCL felt generic, but the KEYone is an impressive device that channels the style and functionality of classic models. Even better, the KEYone is a respectable...

BlackBerry fans will dig the keyboard ; Respectable battery life ; Solid mid-range performance ; Has the best camera of any BlackBerry

The keyboard doesn’t make sense for some ; Camera sometimes struggles with exposure ; Some annoying oversights in software

I really, really didn't expect to like the BlackBerry KEYone. Sure, I have a lingering attachment to this once-great mobile brand, and I do like a good underdog story. Putting those highly personal things aside, though, and we're left with an...

May, 2017

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

MWC 2017: BlackBerry KEYone hands-on

 

TCL is finally done with its first true BlackBerry handset and we have to say, it looks even better than when we first saw it as the Mercury. Petnamed DTEK70 and Mercury in the past, the device is now called KEYone and we finally have the full specs...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

BlackBerry KeyOne

 

With its excellent hardware keyboard, BlackBerry's Android-powered KeyOne phone is a messaging marvel for a niche audience.

Fantastic physical keyboard. Well-balanced feel. Long battery life. Good speakerphone.

Cameras aren't terrific. Can be a little slow.

But it's okay if you haven't moved on. The KeyOne doesn't force you to make the painful compromises the Classic and Priv did: It's a mainstream Android phone running all of the latest apps, and it doesn't feel like it weighs a pound and a half. TCL and...

May, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

BlackBerry KeyOne review: part productivity, part nostalgia

 

It has a physical keyboard for sending email. Lots of email.

It has a keyboard! ; Great battery life ; Reliable performance and camera

Small, cramped display ; Heavy weight ; Will it ever get a software update?

BlackBerry’s latest phone has a particular set of skills acquired over a very long career

May, 2017

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner, Daniel Schmidt (notebookcheck.net)

BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone Review

 

Press me! TLC has presented a new BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard: the KEYone. The new smartphone combines a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a touch-sensitive keyboard that can also be used as a Trackpad. Update: Build AAN358 is rolled out.

very versatile physical keyboard ; bright display with good contrast ; practical battery life ; relatively precise GPS ; good call quality ; regular security updates ; wide range of software and security measures ; USB Type-C 3.1 ; stable case

comparatively expensive ; mediocre performance ; rather heavy and bulky ; no World Phone ; mediocre cameras ; 12 months warranty only ; energy-hungry in idle mode

It is good to finally have a new model with a physical keyboard on the market again. The extensive security features and decent battery runtime are the biggest advantages of the BlackBerry KEYone. Others are its bright screen and the many and...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

BlackBerry KEYone Review: With QWERTY comes compromise

 

The phoenix metaphor is overused in a tech world where brand recycling has become commonplace, so let's just call the BlackBerry KEYone a QWERTY comeback. You'd be forgiven for dismissing it for not one but two reasons, after all. First, for packing a...

Physical keyboard to satisfy QWERTY die-hards ; Sturdy and high-quality build ; Excellent battery life ; Admirable focus on security

Expensive ; Display is small considering phone's size ; Do you really need that keyboard?

Opting for a smartphone with a physical keyboard requires accepting a few not-insignificant compromises. The KEYone’s primary argument is that, compared to an on-screen keyboard, its physical buttons take up less space: side-by-side with a full-touch...

May, 2017

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

BlackBerry KEYone smartphone with security features

 

BlackBerry KEYone Android smartphone : BlackBerry returns to the mobile handset market with the introduction of KEYone. The all-new Blackberry smartphone is powered by TCL Communication Technology. With the KEYone, you can forget what you knew about...

What really sets a BlackBerry smartphone apart from any other Android device are the enhanced security features built into every device right from the start. From a hardened operating system to BlackBerry Limited's proprietary technique for...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

BlackBerry KEYone phone with full-sized keyboard

 

BlackBerry to show KEYone Android handset at 2017 MWC : TCL Communication proudly introduces a new Android Nougat phone - the BlackBerry KEYone. This official launch represents the first BlackBerry smartphone released from TCL Communication under a new...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (techaeris.com)

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition review: Sexier look with minor performance improvements

 

Our BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition review will take a quick, and shortened review, look at the updated device to see if it still stands as a Top Pick.

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 ;...

Shift and Alt keys reversed from typical keyboards ; Convenience key can't be disabled ; Doesn't seem to connect with fitness trackers

Nov, 2017

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3205 / 3505
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:QC3.0
Battery voltage:4.4

Call Management

Auto-redialing:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating alert:Y
Voice commands:Y
Voice dialing:Y

Camera

Auto focus:Y
Built-in flash:Y
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Geotagging:Y
Image Stabilizer:Y
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera aperture number:2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Single camera
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p,2160p
Zoom capability:Y

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:4.5
Display Resolution:1620 x 1080
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:433
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N / Y
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Gyroscope:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Keyboard

Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ / QZERTY

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC,AAC+,ADTS,AMR-NB,AMR-WB,AWB,FLAC,MIDI,MP3,PCM,Vorbis,WAV
FM radio:Y
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WEBP
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,AVI,DIVX,H.263,H.264,H.265,MKV,MPEG4,VP8,VP9,WEBM,XVID / 3G2,3GP,AVI,DIVX,H.263,H.264,H.265,MPEG4,VP8,VP9,WEBM,XVID

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
BeiDou:Y
GLONASS:Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:800,850,900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA / CDMA,WCDMA
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.2 LE EDR
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
Security algorithms:HTTPS
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Graphics adapter:Adreno 506
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Ringtones, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Ringtones, Themes / Icons, Ringtones, Themes, Wallpaper
Quick charge:Y
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) / 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor cores:8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2
Processor model:625

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:7.1

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:2000 / 256
RAM capacity:3 / 4
USB mass storage:N / Y

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Gmail,Google Calendar,Google Chrome,Google Drive,Google Maps,Google Music,Google Play,Google Voice Search,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.37
Height:5.88
Weight:6.35
Width:2.85