Optiemus Infracom Limited has launched the BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK in India. Optiemus has always supported the ‘Make in India’ initiative and the company will manufacture BlackBerry smartphones in India starting September 2017. The Limited Edition Blackberry KEYone will be the first device to be manufactured by Optiemus.

 “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”, says Mr.Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President,General Manager, Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

The KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK will be available starting August 8th and will stay as an Amazon exclusive. Amazon has several offers including 75GB of additional data for 3 months for Vodafone users and 4000 bonus points for American Express credit card holders.

BlackBerry claims that the BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK has distinct features like the presence of a dual SIM Slot, tailored for the Indian market. With Jio’s irresistible offers, the presence of a dual SIM slot is becoming mandatory these days. It is worthy to note that the dual SIM slot will be present in some other countries too including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

In terms of specs, the special edition device is pretty similar to the regular BlackBerry KEYone. It is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC, an octa-core chip clocked in at 2GHz. This is backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded upto 2TB via a microSD card. The smartphone is backed up by a 3505mAh battery, which the company claims is the largest battery in any Blackberry smartphone. We also have support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Upfront, we are greeted by a 4.5-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. Being a Blackberry, the smartphone contains a physical keyboard, which has much more functionality than just typing. The keyboard can be used for scrolling pages, writing messages and more, thus giving access to the full screen real-estate. In addition to this, each key on the keyboard can be customised to work as a shortcut. This means that you are getting an option of setting 52 distinct shortcuts. Also, a fingerprint scanner is embedded into the spacebar of the physical keyboard.

BlackBerry has given at-most importance to security and security apps like DTEK and BlackBerry Password Keeper come pre-installed with the device. Other apps like BlackBerry Productivity Edge, BlackBerry Workspaces and BlackBerry Calculator also make the cut.

As for optics, there is a 12MP rear camera with Phase Detection Auto-Focus and a large pixel size of 1.55μm. An 8MP fixed focus wide-angled lens can be found on the front. The smartphone runs on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

What do you think about the Limited Edition Blackberry device? Can BlackBerry make a comeback in the smartphone market? Let us know in the comments below.


  • Dave Hooper

    Can you ask them to make the all black phone for every country. It’s only because of the silver accents that I don’t buy it now