BlackBerry struggled to keep its smartphone alive amidst the rising popularity of manufacturers like Samsung and Apple. In fact, the company no longer produces its once-popular hardware. Despite this, some loyal holdouts still mourn the loss of the trademark BlackBerry keyboard. If this is you, don’t fret – according to Business Insider, a new player has resurrected your favourite mobile tool.
Chinese tech firm TCL picked up the branding rights to BlackBerry last year and recently revealed its new smartphone model, the BlackBerry KeyOne. If you’re nostalgic for the smartphones of old, then this one should be right up your alley. The device is a modern Android phone, complete with BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard.
The phone embodies the professional BlackBerry aesthetic with a grip-able rubber back, aluminum sides, and a black-and-silver finish. It also charges with the newer and faster USB-C port and will operate on Android 7.1 Nougat.
The beloved QWERTY keyboard supports touch gestures as well, meaning you can swipe across it to scroll through whatever is onscreen. It also has neat shortcuts; for example, you can adjust your settings so holding down the ‘s’ key will open Snapchat.
Hopefully the KeyOne will see BlackBerry make a much needed comeback on the market. Time will tell!