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Blackberry KEYOne launched in India: Know Specs, Features, Price & more

Blackberry KEYOne
Blackberry KEYOne

Blackberry KEYOne Launch

Blackberry has launched a new device with its traditional physical QWERTY keypad. Blackberry KEYOne smartphone launched in India at an event on Tuesday. The device was first at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) back in February this year. This new Blackberry KEYOne is new flagship offering from the brand. Yet, the smartphone gets a larger display above the physical QWERTY keypad.

Discussing the specs, Blackberry KEYOne features 4.5-inch scratch-resistant IPS LCD display with 1080p resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. KEYOne touts 32GB internal storage which can be for expanded up to 2TB with microSD card. The smartphone runs Android 7.1 Nougat with Blackberry range customizations over it.

On camera font, Blackberry KEYOne gets 12MP rear camera with Sony IMX378 sensor. The rear camera is capable of recording 4K video and comes with many more gestures. Another 8MP front facing camera is assigned for selfies and video calling duties.

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Blackberry KEYOne smartphone is backed by a 3,505 mAh non-removable battery. The company promises that the smartphone will deliver 26 hours of talktime on one full charge. Blackberry KEYOne price starts at Rs.39,999

Blackberry KEYOne specifications:

  • 5-inch scratch-resistant IPS LCD display with 1080p
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 2TB with microSD card
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 12MP rear camera, Sony IMX378 sensor
  • 8MP front facing camera
  • 3,505 mAh non-removable battery

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BlackBerry’s has Virtually Zero Share in the Smartphone Market

Blackberry Share

As global smartphone sales to end-users hit nearly 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, once a market leader BlackBerry now virtually has a zero per cent share.

According to the market research firm Gartner, out of more than 431.5 million smartphones sold last year, about 200,000 were BlackBerry devices that were running on its own operating system but that gives it less than half the unit volume of the “other OS” category.

“This wasn’t hard to see coming given BlackBerry’s years-long decline, gradual shift toward Android and recent focus on services.” Microsoft’s Windows phones are not doing good either. The share of Windows fell from 1.1 percent to 0.3 percent in the last quarter of 2016.

BlackBerry Inks Agreement with Optiemus to Manufacture, Sell Smartphones in India

In a bid to provide acceleration to BlackBerry’s transition into a security software and services company, BlackBerry and TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited entered into a long-term licensing agreement recently.

Under the terms, BlackBerry will license its security software and service suite, as well as related brand assets, to TCL Communication who will design, manufacture, sell and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices.

TCL Communication will be the exclusive global manufacturer and distributor for all BlackBerry-branded smartphones with the exception of the following countries India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

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The company announced partnership with Optiemus, a Delhi-based telecom enterprise to licence software and services for the production of secure Android handsets in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Under the terms of the agreement, BlackBerry will licence its security software and services suite, as well as related brand assets to Optiemus Infracom Ltd.

The partner will design, manufacture, sell, promote and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices that offer the full BlackBerry experience, including the trusted BlackBerry for Android secure software.

Source: IANS

BlackBerry Inks Agreement with Optiemus to Manufacture, Sell Smartphones in India

blackberry pic Optiemus deal

Blackberry is prominently known for its secure and luxurious smartphones. The company has announced its collaboration with a Delhi-based firm named Optiemus. The Canadian tech company had inked an agreement for ten years.

According to the pact, Optiemus infracom can manufacture, sell, and provide customer support for the BlackBerry handsets in India. Besides India, the Delhi telecom company also holds the exclusive rights of blackberry in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

BlackBerry is presently confining to the development of its security and other software solutions. it also works on providing regular Android security updates to the platform.
They earlier had the global licensing agreement with TCL Communications.

Blackberry is No More: China’s TCL to manufacture its Coming Smartphones

With the latest deal between BlackBerry also supports the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. The primary motive of this moment is to establish manufacturing units thereby creating job opportunities to Indians.

Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry in a statement said that “India is a very important market for BlackBerry, so we are delighted our latest licensing partnership will extend the BlackBerry software experience to more customers and support the Indian government’s ‘Make In India’ agenda

He added that with its experience and infrastructure in manufacturing and proven success as our distribution partner, Optiemus Infracom Ltd is the ideal partner to design and manufacture trusted BlackBerry secure Android handsets for customers in India and neighboring markets.”

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Optiemus infracom Pvt Limited has been the official distributor of Blackberry since last year November. The Indian company has sold smartphones both DTEK 60 and DTEK 50 that has an alert system which tells the user if their privacy was at risk.

Ashok Gupta, Chairman of Optiemus Infracom Ltd says “Our exclusive partnership with BlackBerry, a brand synonymous with secure mobile communications, shows how we are continuing to partner and innovate to bring the latest in handset design and experience, combining the security of BlackBerry and versatility of Android, to our customers in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market.

“With our strong end to end play in the mobile ecosystem in manufacturing, retail, distribution and support, we are confident that our journey with BlackBerry will be a long and successful one,”he concluded.

Blackberry is No More: China’s TCL to manufacture its Coming Smartphones

Blackberry brand and TCL

The Canadian Company Blackberry has finally announced that it would stop manufacturing and design their mobile devices. The Company confirmed that it had signed a deal with China’s TCL Communication Technology to make its branded future smartphones.

The Canadian company Black Beery Limited was dropping hints since September this year and finally it has come up with a decision of dropping. TCL is the Chinese Hardware maker behind brands like Alcatel. However, Blackberry confirmed that TCL would make and sell its branded future smartphones globally.

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The company also said, “The devices made by TCL which also makes Alcatel-branded mobile phones will be coupled with blackberry’s security software and service suite.”

In a press meet, Blackberry announced its formal long-term agreement with TCL, which says that TCL will be taking care of its design, manufacturing and marketing part. However, Blackberry is still working on licensing its security software and applications such as the Blackberry hub.

Moreover, this decision of the Canadian mobile company is not surprising at all because TCL had already associated with Blackberry for making two mobile devices Blackberry DTEK50 and DTEK60. Both the devices were spin-off designs by Alcatel, which means that we might get to see a similar strategy for the upcoming phones.

Now, TCL will be the exclusive international manufacturer and supplier of all future Blackberry-branded smartphones, except a few markets, namely India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Still, it is unclear what the company has planned for those exceptional countries? Maybe a different hardware partner will take care of making and vending phones over there.

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Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officers (COO) and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at Blackberry, said, “The deal with chinese company signifies a crucial step in our plan to focus on putting the ‘Smart in the Phone’ by providing up-to-date safety and device software on a platform that mobile users prefer and are comfortable with. We already associated with them and got success with it. We hope TCL will address the needs of Blackberry users and enlarge the availability of Blackberry products throughout the world.”

Blackberry’s revenue from the software and services was $156 million in its latest quarter, down from $166 million in the prior quarter.

BlackBerry’s Last Keyboard Smartphone: Check out Specs, Features and more

Blackberry mercury

In recent interview with BlackBerry CEO John Chen says “We have one keyboard phone I promised people. It’s coming.” Recent smartphones from Blackberry are Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60 and adding to it, the new smartphone from the company powered by Android is planned to come up with its remarkable QWERTY keyboard along with many security enhancements.

As per the rumors, the last device from the Blackberry comes with the codename of Mercury. This smartphone is reportedly featured with the fingerprint sensor embedded in the spacebar in keyboard.

The latest images circulating over the internet are now possibly showing the final design of the next Blackberry smartphone. The looks and design of this phone are like the premium version when compared with the recently released phones DTEK50 and DTEK60.

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This new smartphone Mercury from Blackberry is expected to arrive with 2.0GHz Qualcomm processor equipped with 3GB of RAM. The internal storage of the phone is with 32GB. The phone comes with 4.5 inches as the display size.  The primary camera of this handset is sported with 18-megapixel and front facing camera with 8-megapixel picture quality. As per the leaked images, this smartphone runs on Android

Two images of this new Blackberry smartphone are on the internet. The front facing camera shows the ambient light sensors on the other side of the earpiece.  As per the sources, the spacebar on the bottom actually doubles as the fingerprint sensor so that it can skip the additional piece of hardware.

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The recently released smartphones DTEK50 and the DTEK60 are priced about Rs 21,990 and Rs 46,990 respectively. This new Blackberry Mercury is expected to arrive in 2017. Stay tuned for more updates regarding this last keyboard smartphone from Blackberry.