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The Old School Qwerty Smartphone You Loved Just Made A Comeback

BlackBerry fans, rejoice!
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Jun 1, 2017
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We have the fondest memories of the BlackBerry phone. And if you feel nostalgic about it, we have good news for you: a new phone that features the beloved QWERTY keyboard you left behind in the late 2000s is making a comeback.

Called KEYone, the smartphone was released by TCL Communications, a China-based mobile manufacturer, which acquired a brand licensing agreement with the Canadian company.

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The first thing you’ll notice is the cool Chiclet keyboard reminiscent of older BB models. The space bar doubles as a finger print sensor for added security. Plus, they can now be customized to launch up to 52 shortcuts, such as pressing “I” to access inbox and “M” to access maps.

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The fun rolly trackball, which is used for navigating the apps, has been replaced with a 4.5-inch screen display called trackpad.

Moreover, it features a 12 megapixel (MP) rear camera with a 8MP front camera and LCD flash. It has 32GB of storage, which could be expanded, thanks to the available micro SD slot.

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The device is powered by Android 7.1, giving users access to Google Play store and apps.

It has been launched overseas for $549.99 (or roughly P27,500). As for a Philippine release, an announcement has yet to be made.

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