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BlackBerry KEYone draws power from a 3,505 battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and the company says that the battery should last for one full day or nearly two for light users. The device also supports the latest updates of Google Android 7.0 Nougat like Multi window which makes the device better than the previous experience of any blackberry device.

It's an exciting time for Blackberry fans and for those who have been waiting for something "distinctively different", as Blackberry in collaboration with TCL has officially launched the Blackberry KEYone Android smartphone with a dedicated keyboard at the MWC 2017, Barcelona.

Ok so it's not actually BlackBerry BlackBerry, since Chinese company TCL has licensed the name, but it's not like you can really tell.

Under the hood, the BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor bundled with 3GB of RAM. It has a 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

Inside, the KEYone has a SnapDragon 625 processor, an Adreno 506 graphics chip, and an X9 LTE modem from Qualcomm, an 8 megapixel front camera and a Sony IMX378 camera sensor powering the 12 megapixel autofocus rear camera. In addition, an 8MP front facing camera with a front LED flash is also included. KEYone comes with the DTEK app, which enhances security on the phone and allows people to add an extra layer of protection. And guess what! The device will be running Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.

The space bar of the physical keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a fingerprint scanner. You can also assign up to 52 shortcuts to the various keys, which is insane, and set up a variety of functions.

Blackberry KEYone will be available in April 2017 and will cost $549 in the US.

TCL Communication is now taking pre-orders for the device, which will become available from April 2017. Both smartphones come with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0, and in the United States, the LG G6 will also include support for wireless charging.

That "smart keyboard" had been "completely reimagined", he said, so it could also act as a touchpad to move a cursor around the screen or to create app shortcuts.

The event also highlighted a lot of new features on the BlackBerry KeyOne.

With a starting price of £499, the KeyOne is not too expensive, but there are certainly cheaper smartphones on the market. The LG G6 brings with it all the flagship specs and features that we've come to expect, but the KEYone will certainly handle itself well enough, and between the two, is the one that is more likely to turn heads.

Connectivity options include 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port.