Blackberry has now officially Released its latest flagship device, the BlackBerry KEYone. The smartphone was originally unveiled back in February and has since generated a lot of interest, especially for BlackBerry fans and those who want to have a physical keyboard on their smartphones. Despite the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and the LG G6, there is still apparently a market for a full Qwerty keyboard-equipped smartphone in this day and age.

A robust daily driver aimed at productivity

TCL technically builds the BlackBerry KEYone, but it is still a BlackBerry inside and out.

This is quite apparent in its build quality, from its robust metal frame, dark feel, and high-quality keyboard keys. The device is also unique when it comes to its design as it differs from the approach of other smartphone manufacturers.

Truly a BlackBerry

One of its biggest highlights, of course, is its 35-key physical keyboard, a feature that BlackBerry has been renowned for in the past. However, unlike its predecessors, the keyboard comes equipped with capacitive touch functionality, which means that it can essentially be used as a trackpad.

Each key on the keyboard can also be set to be a shortcut, which further increases productivity. The space bar also houses an ultra-fast fingerprint scanner and is quite ergonomic in its placement.

The display is a 4.5-inch 1080p full HD panel with a 3:2 aspect ratio. While the display doesn't sound big, the screen is more than sufficient to display any content.

Adequate performance at the right price

Despite being a flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone doesn't sport the latest and greatest when it comes to mobile hardware.

However, this doesn't mean that the device isn't also highly capable as the specs will be more than enough to handle the most demanding of tasks.

The device is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor that is paired with 3 GB of RAM. The device comes standard with 32 GB of expandable storage and a more than adequate 3,505 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support.

Who is the device for

Similar to its predecessors, the BlackBerry KEYone is aimed at users who wants to get things done and look good doing it. The device isn't the powerhouse that is the Galaxy S8, nor is it as stylish as an iPhone, but it does have its allure that should be irresistible to those who are nostalgic for the BlackBerry brand and design. An unlocked BlackBerry KEYone is currently priced at $549, which is way cheaper than the $725 Galaxy S8.