Blackberry finally displayed the KEYone handset at MWC 2017 that was held in Barcelona this year. After almost five months the company has got the KEYone to India.

It still has around a million BlackBerry service users in the country and the company plans to leverage that. “India is a very important market for us. The brand still has a strong connection. With the lineup that is planned, I hope to see India among our top 5 markets,” BlackBerry Senior Vice President, General Manager, Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber told PTI.

The company, which has united up with Optiemus Infracom earlier this year for manufacturing and distributing its devices in India and neighboring countries. It launched its new handset ‘KEYone’ priced at Rs. 39,990.

“We have a strong pipeline (of devices) for the next 6-12 months. These will be across price points,” Optiemus Infracom Executive Director Hardip Singh said.


BlackBerry KEYone comes with a combination of touchscreen and physical QWERTY keypads.
It also includes finger print scanner feature which is embedded into the space bar of the physical keyboard in front. The ‘smart’ keyboard comes with a range of features like next- word prediction and contextual auto-correction. The user can also customize keys as a shortcut to launch apps. For instance, you can set ‘F’ to launch the ‘Facebook’ app.
The international version comes with 3GB of RAM and single Sim support.While the Indian version gets 4GB of RAM and dual-SIM Support.

The device will be available on from 8th August onward.


BlackBerry KEYone looks like how a Blackberry phone should look. Though it may appear smaller in size, as it has a 4.5-inch display that has a resolution of just 1620 x 1080. The design is premium and the way different than all the phones that appear identical. On the side of the phone, there is volume rocker key, a power button and a customizable button, which can be used for opening an app. Even the speaker quality on the KEYone is also loud enough.