Built on a secure Android platform, it comes with dual SIM functionality especially designed for Indian customers
Optiemus Infracom Limited, a leading Indian telecom enterprise, today unveiled the BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK in India. This launch represents Optiemus’ long-term commitment to the make-in-India initiative, wherein the company 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 device offers the best of BlackBerry Limited’s software and security with Optiemus Infracom’s commitment to deliver high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers in the country.
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 the 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.
The BlackBerry KeyOne bears a dual-SIM slot and runs on Android 7.1 Nougat. Featuring a 4.5-inch scratch resistant display (1620×1080 resolution / 434 PPI 3:2 aspect ratio) with Corning ® Gorilla® Glass 4 offering greater scratch resistance, it combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, and is powered by a Snapdragon 625 2GHz Octa-core processor and comes with 4GB of RAM.
BlackBerry KEYone, LIMITED EDITION BLACK, comes with the legendary security features that BlackBerry is known for. The smartphone offers the most secure Android smartphone experience. It comes pre-loaded with DTEK™ by BlackBerry, enables 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. 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 device is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos with an 8MP front facing the camera and a wide angle lens and a 12MP auto-focus rear camera. With a large pixel size (1.55μm) and Phase Detect Auto Focus, moments captured on the BlackBerry KEYone LIMITED EDITION BLACK will be ultra-crisp and clear. Additionally, for video conference or streaming, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens. BlackBerry KeyOne comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD slot (up to 2TB).
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BlackBerry KeyOne connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, FM radio, USB Type-C (3.1), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The BlackBerry KeyOne houses a 3505mAh non-removable battery, the largest ever in a BlackBerry device, to receive up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes that will last for roughly two days*. And for when you only have a few moments to grab a fast charge, BlackBerry’s Boost can turbo charge the battery to get the most charge with the limited available time. The Smartphone measures 149.3×72.5×9.4mm and weighs 180 grams.
“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,” said Mr. Hardip Singh, Executive Director, Optiemus Infracom Ltd.
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.”
For the aspiring BlackBerry smartphone customers, Optiemus will be offering easy and interest-free EMIs.
Founded in 1993, Optiemus Infracom is a diversified, award-winning, high-performance telecommunications enterprise. The group has over 22 years of rich experience in managing and distributing mobile brands and other telecommunication products in India. The company sold the first mobile phone in the country way back in 1995 and has been bringing the latest technology products to the Indian consumers through its widespread distribution and retail operations. Optiemus Group’s affiliate Global Devices Network is one of the first companies in India to setup a state-of-the-art mobile assembly plant in the country. Optiemus has also formed a JV with Taiwan-based OEM Wistron Corporation for the mobile manufacturing unit. In February this year, Optiemus signed a licensing deal with BlackBerry to design, manufacture and distribute BlackBerry branded devices In India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.