The much awaited BlackBerry Mercury has finally been announced, but under a different name; the “KeyOne”. People have been extremely excited for BlackBerry’s new release since they started teasing it back at CES 2017. Personally, I’ve been waiting anxiously to see when they’d announce it and under what name. Becuase of the BlackBerry look and feel, that being the physical keyboard, this phone is pretty special.
The physical keyboard can be used not only as a keyboard but also as a scroll wheel. if you slide your thumb up and down on the keyboard, the page will scroll up and down as well. Things like that make a really unique device. It also has a fingerprint sensor built into the spacebar, which is an awesome touch (pun intended). The battery is something to gawk over as well. Coming in at 3505mAh, it’s incredible how thin the device actually is. The KeyOne comes in at 9.4mm thick, which is impressive.
The KeyOne will be packing some pretty decent specs. It’s going to launch with a Snapdragon 625, which is something that had been rumored for a bit. It’ll also pack 3 GB RAM and 32 GB Storage with microSD card expansion. The rest of the specs can be found below.
- 4.5-inch 1620×1080 Display w/ Gorilla Glass 4
- Snapdragon 625 processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB storage w/ microSD
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- 3505mAh Battery w/ Quick Charge 3.0
- 12MP rear camera/8MP front camera
Sales of the BlackBerry KeyOne will kick off around the globe starting in April with pricing landing at $549 in the United States, and 499£/599€ internationally. Pre-orders open soon with registration available now on the company’s website.