Indian telecom enterprise Optiemus Infracom Limited unveiled the new BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK in India. Optiemus will manufacture BlackBerry branded devices in the country starting from September 2017. BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK will be the first BlackBerry branded device manufactured by Optiemus Infracom under the licensing agreement signed in February this year.
The highlights of the smartphone are BlackBerry Limited’s software and security with Optiemus Infracom’s commitment to deliver high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers in the country.
Hardip Singh, Executive Director, Optiemus Infracom Ltd. Said, “We are delighted to launch the KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK in India. It is especially designed for the Indian market, keeping in mind the customers’ requirements such as dual SIM. The device offers the world’s most secure Android smartphone experience combined with unrivalled productivity. We are confident that it will appeal to enterprise customers and consumers alike.”
Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry said, “We would like to congratulate our partner, Optiemus Infracom, on the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK. We have worked closely with Optiemus to ensure that the BlackBerry experience and security are built into every layer of the device. We are also excited to see our ecosystem of software licensing partners, such as TCL Communications and Optiemus, working together to bring locally relevant BlackBerry-branded smartphones to customers, demonstrating how BlackBerry’s strategy to license our secure software to partners is gaining momentum.”
The dual SIM BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK will also be available in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. The smartphone is equipped with a metallic black frame and soft touch textured back. The smartphone offers a 4.5-inch scratch resistant display (1620×1080 resolution / 434 PPI 3:2 aspect ratio) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top offering greater scratch resistance. The device combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users usable space for typing. The device comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM (expandable upto 2TB).
The BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK is powered by a 2GHz Octacore Snapdragon 625 processor. It includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology and houses a 3505 mAh battery, the largest ever in a BlackBerry device, to receive up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes, and may last the device up-to 2 days.
The device is engineered with an 8-megapixel front facing camera and a wide angle lens and a 12-megapixel auto-focus rear camera. It has large pixel size (1.55μm) and Phase Detect Auto Focus. Additionally, the fixed focus front camera has an 84-degree lens for wide angle selfies.
The device’s Smart Keyboard responds to touch gestures mimicking the heritage of the BlackBerry trackpad making web browsing, reading emails and writing messages with flick typing a smoother and intuitive experience. This Smart Keyboard can also be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. In addition, BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK also offers the security of a fingerprint sensor built directly into the keyboard spacebar for added functionality and security.
BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK comes with the BlackBerry security features to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience. It comes pre-loaded with DTEK by BlackBerry that enables the users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies when someone is: taking pictures or videos without the user’s knowledge, turning the microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing the contacts or location. The device runs on Android 7.1 – giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps. It comes loaded with BlackBerry Hub a unified messaging inbox which combines emails, texts and messages from social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, BBM, Whatsapp, Instagram and others. Another benefit of BlackBerry Hub, is the ability to manage multiple email accounts without switching between apps, with support for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, Microsoft Exchange accounts, and many other IMAP and POP3 email providers.
The BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK will be available from August 8th, exclusively on Amazon India. American Express is offering up to 4,000 bonus points, on purchase of the device, to its credit card members. On buying Blackberry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK, Vodafone customers will get up to 75 GB of additional data over a period of three months. This offer is valid until 30th September 2017. For the aspiring BlackBerry smartphone customers, Optiemus will be offering easy and interest free EMIs.