Saturday February 25, 2017

BlackBerry Refuses to Die, Launches New $549 Device

BlackBerry is back to remind everyone that they’re still alive with another Android device, the KeyOne, which comes with a hardware keyboard. If you liked the company’s last effort, the BB Priv, this will be right up your alley. The device was unveiled just hours ago at Mobile World Congress, but the whining has already begun: it offers mid-range hardware, such as the Snapdragon 625, yet costs $549.

آ…the real story is clearly the physical keyboard that sits below the screen. Like the one seen on BlackBerry’s last hurrah as an independent hardware manufacturer, 2015’s expensive and temperamental Priv, it’s touch-sensitive and does a ton of neat tricks. You can use it to scroll without touching the screen; you can assign each key a shortcut, like "I for Instagram" app speed-dial; you can just start typing to start searching Google. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the space bar.