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More - Feb 26, 2017

MWC 2017: Hands-on with the New BlackBerry KEYone

TCL adds some new tricks to BlackBerry's classic keyboard as the KEYone raises more than a few eyebrows here in Barcelona. Check out our hands-on video below.

The tuned and polished final version of BlackBerry's Mercury smartphone we saw at CES this year, the KEYone was officially unveiled at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress trade show yesterday, and we were there to have a look. Built by Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL, the KEYone is a stylish-looking device with a solid aluminum frame and a 4.5-inch screen covered in durable Gorilla Glass 4. With a 12-megapixel camera on the back (powered by a Sony sensor), pictures look good on the large screen, and with Android Nougat running things, it's a capable device. But the real star of the show is the KEYone's keyboard. The full QWERTY physical keyboard is known and loved by BlackBerry devotees but this time around, it also acts as a trackpad and its 52 keys are programmable – meaning you can create shortcuts for each of them that activate with a long press. Check out our hands-on review in the video above. 

Watch our other videos from Mobile World Congress here.