The Blackberry KEYone now available in South Africa


The Blackberry KEYone was launched on Friday and is available from Vodacom outlets as of today. With the blackberry trend long passed, this new handset is expected to reignite old flames and generate new interest. Boasting a new and improved sleek look and feel, expectations could very well go as planned earning blackberry a number one spot in the handset market place. While we don’t expect blackberry to reach the highs of the past, it would be quite interesting to see public reactions to their latest handset. Taking on a whole new look, while keeping to the classic design of a ‘qwerty’ keyboard input system, the handset bridges the gap between classic and modern.


A strong aluminum frame makes the Blackberry KEYone aesthetically pleasing while the soft textured back provides for a stronger grip. Impact resistant, the handset was built to last.


A scratch proof 1620 x 108 resolution touch screen allows for better functionality while a touch sensitive keyboard provides for versatility. New features of the keyboard are plentiful; one of the most prominent being the inclusion of a programmable key function. This means that all your favourite apps may easily be opened by the simple press of a button.A 12mp back camera ensures that moments are captured as they occur while a front camera of 8mp caters well for selfies. In terms of inner mechanics, the handset boasts a 2GHz processor with 32Gb of internal storage. Storage capacity may largely be increased by way of an external memory card.Battery capacity has been significantly increased and the KeyOne features the largest battery ever installed in a Blackberry handset. At 3505mAH it is reported to function over 26 hours on a single charge.


With a total dimensional size of 149.3 mm (5.8in) x 72.5mm (2.8in) x 9.4mm (0.37in), the Blackberry KEYone is a standard sized handset. The screen size falls slightly short in comparison to other similar ranged touch screen handsets at 4.5 inches. This is due to the keyboard placement located at the bottom of the screen.



In 2015 Blackberry had adopted Android in favour of the companies own personalized firmware. The KEYone is no different and comes standard with Android version 7.1 Nougat, tweaked for Blackberry app functionality.

Price and Availability

Exclusively available at Vodacom from today, the recommended retail price is set at R9649.00.

Spec Summary

Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat
Display: 4.5-inch
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Storage: 32GB with microSD
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3505 mAh
Weight: 180g

See the official trailer below: