BlackBerry KEYone (Mercury): All the official images

After ditching its proprietary OS in favor of Android, BlackBerry has released only one smartphone featuring the brand’s iconic physical keyboard – the BlackBerry Priv which launched in 2015 to a resounding ‘meh’. Now, in partnership with Chinese manufacturer TCL, another Android handset bearing the BlackBerry name and featuring a QWERTY keyboard is poised to hit the market in the form of the BlackBerry KEYone (previously known under the code name Mercury).
The KEYone is a curious little phone. While all major phone makers are pushing for …


BlackBerry KEYone (Mercury) is now official: full QWERTY, all-day battery and full-on security

The BlackBerry KEYone (known also under its BlackBerry Mercury codename) has just gone official. The KEYone is the newest and most powerful ‘Berry with a full QWERTY keyboard and the largest ever battery in a BlackBerry. 
An interesting detail to remember while reading about this new ‘Berry is that the phone is now actually made by a different company, TCL Communications, while BlackBerry is a licensing partner that handles the software, but will not be responsible for the actual sales and distribution of the phone.
With …

BlackBerry KEYone (Mercury): New and unique features

The BlackBerry KEYone, best known until now under the codename “Mercury”, is here and it is one of the most peculiar Android devices bearing the name of a big phone maker you’ll see in 2017. The KEYone bets heavily on classic BlackBerry staples, such as the iconic QWERTY keyboard and the enhanced security features, while trying to somehow fit in with the smartphone standards of today. It’s a difficult task, no doubt about that, but make no mistake about it – although the BlackBerry KEYone is “current” in many aspects, it is not a smartphone with mass-market appeal …

BlackBerry KEYone preview: let's bring the physical keyboard back from the dead!

… because, why not?

The BlackBerry Mercury has been living a strange life thus far – announced by TCL & BlackBerry back in January, but left unnamed (aside from the unofficial ‘Mercury’ tag). They’d show it to us, but they wouldn’t tell us exactly what we’re looking at. Well, today the makers of the phone are finally ready to reveal more about it, including its real name, and THANK GOD it’s not DTEK-something. That was the good news. The bad news is it’s called BlackBerry KEYone, which doesn’t feel like much of a step up from DTEK.
Naming troubles …

BlackBerry KeyOne vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs others: size comparison

The BlackBerry KeyOne is now official and it’s a rare breed: a phone with a full QWERTY physical keyboard, it stands out in the Android phone crowd. But how does that keyboard right below the main display affect the actual physical size of the device? After all, if it was not for it, the KeyOne is a phone with a 4.5-inch display, a tiny phone by today’s standards.
There are two important things here: first, it’s the screen aspect ratio, as this is a wider than usual display, so the phone is not as narrow as a regular 16:9 4.5″ phone, while …

The new vs the old: BlackBerry KeyOne vs Priv vs Passport specs comparison

So, the BlackBerry KeyOne has been announced to the delight of loyal fans. Well, the phone itself is developed and built by TCL, but BlackBerry still provides the software suite, services, and security, along with its name of course. So, it’s a new age for BlackBerry phones — first hinted at by the introduction of the Priv, the hardware keyboard-equipped business-class devices no longer run on the dying BlackBerry OS, but come with Android on board.

We thought it would be neat to take a look back at what are now the last two major, keyboard-sporting phones, made …

Clash of the nostalgia-jerkers: BlackBerry KeyOne vs Nokia 6 specs comparison

This year, we saw the return of the Nokia-branded smartphones — designed and made by HMD Global, the Nokia 6 is the first of a new line of Nokia handsets. And, naturally, it has phone enthusiasts’ ears perked up. The good-old Nokia certainly left people with fond memories… that was before the company’s mobile division was bought by Microsoft and utilized in a way that was less than successful.

We also get the resurrection of BlackBerry — the company hasn’t been gone from the phone market for long, per se, as its last major release was the DTEK60 a flagship-class Android smartphone. However, …

BlackBerry KEYone: let's review its specs!

A new age for BlackBerry smartphones has begun — the devices are out of the company’s hands and are being designed and built by TCL. Fear not, BB’s full software suite will still be available on the new handsets. The first product to come out of this partnership is the newly-announced BlackBerry KEYone. Sporting a very classy look and the good-old hardware keyboard, it will make the loyal fans grin. But what’s under its hood? Let’s take a deeper look!

Design
Incorporating a penguin-like, elegant black and white (OK, black and silver) pattern, metallic structure …

Check out the official BlackBerry KEYone product video

The BlackBerry KEYone is now official. And what screams that there is a new smartphone on the way more than an official product video? The video produced for the BlackBerry KEYone (will there be a KEYtwo?) is designed to grab at two things, your brain and your wallet. After all, if BlackBerry can reach the pleasure center of your brain with this clip, you’ll be opening up your wallet to buy the device as soon as it is launched in April.

The BlackBerry KEYone product video starts off with a shot of that gorgeous physical QWERTY keyboard. That is a great idea because this is the feature …

TCL to produce a BlackBerry tablet?

The BlackBerry PlayBook was the one and only tablet ever produced by the company. The OS, built by QNX, paved the way for BlackBerry 10. There were some positives, especially the multitasking experience which called to mind the card-swiping UI found on webOS. At the time, BlackBerry was still overshadowed by the godawful launch of the BlackBerry Storm 9530, even though that debacle took place roughly 30-months before the PlayBook was launched.

So when BlackBerry released the PlayBook without a calendar app and a native email client (only the one application that BlackBerry was well known …