The BlackBerry KEYone has been available on Sprint for a few months now but America’s second largest carrier appears to have picked up the device. It will be interesting to see how well the BlackBerry KEYone sells on AT&T.
AT&T will release the device on September 1 in an exclusive color for the American market: Space Black. In other respects, the AT&T BlackBerry KEYone is identical to other BlackBerry KEYone devices as available around the world with the exception of carrier applications pre-loaded onto the ROM. It has the same touch-sensitive keyboard occupying the bottom of the device, and above this is the 4.5-inch display. The device uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of local storage. The Snapdragon 625 is an interesting choice of chipset for the BlackBerry KEYone as it is a mid-range chip optimized for low power consumption, as it is built on a small 14nm process. The Snapdragon 625 is part of the reason why the BlackBerry KEYone has proven battery life, but there are other reasons including the high-capacity 3,505mAh cell and Android Nougat’s power saving technologies.
The KEYone also uses BlackBerry’s hardened Android software, which consists of a relatively lightweight skin over stock Android, and BlackBerry is committed to delivering regular software updates for the device. The keyboard has two great benefits for customers: it offers a fast launch feature, whereby holding down a key may be programmed to quickly launch an application. It can also act as a trackpad, allowing customers to scroll through websites and documents easily. Finally, there’s an embedded fingerprint sensor on the spacebar: a neat trick from BlackBerry. All up, the KEYone is one of the more innovative devices in its category.
AT&T is selling the device at a price from $16.67 a month for a thirty month plan, and will release additional pricing details by early September. Naturally enough, the KEYone supports a number of enterprise-grade security and management systems, including Android for Work. For the professional user or anybody wanting to get stuff done on their device who is looking for something a little different, the BlackBerry KEYone has a lot of promise. Check out this promotional video below: