Once upon a time, the telephones of the Canadian company Blackberry were so popular that they were called "crackberry" (by analogy with a prohibited substance). Then the mobile industry blew the first iPhone, then the market was filtered android. BlackBerry with his company OS tried to compete with new smartphones, but every year I lost more and more.
At the moment, the company does not lead activities related to the production of smartphones and software for them. Instead, it is engaged in developing software for enterprises and provides Android manufacturers a license to use the BlackBerry brand.
So the BlackBerry smartphones still go out, and you can buy them. Let's take a look at the best of them.
Best smartphone with a mechanical keyboard: BlackBerry Key2
When the Chinese company TCL released the BlackBerry Keyone with physical keyboard, the fans of the Canadian brand expressed hope that the ruler will be continued in the future. TCL has not disappointed: in 2018, BlackBerry Key2 came out with a number of improvements.
The keyboard itself has changed: the keys increased in the amount by 20% compared to KeyOne. The speed start button appears in the lower right corner. A significant improvement has received the rear camera: Key2 became the first BlackBerry smartphone with a dual module. Of the two sensors of 12 meters, one has a pixel size of 1.28μm and a f / 1.8 light. The second is f / 2.6, the pixel size is 1μm. The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixel.
The display remained the same as in KeyOne: a diagonal of 4.5 inches, aspect ratio 3: 2, permission from Full HD. Inside there is a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and a battery for 3500 mAh. RAM was twice as bigger than in Keyone - 6 GB. You can find two versions of the smartphone - with 64 or 128 GB of permanent memory.
In BlackBerry Key2 there are interesting software solutions that will be useful to representatives of the business sphere. First of all, it is a protected PRIVATE Locker space, where you can transfer important media files, documents and applications. Access to them opens to fingerprint, password or PIN. In Power Center, you can find detailed information about the battery consumption and tips for saving the charge. The smartphone studies the behavioral patterns of the user at the expense of artificial intelligence and accurately calculates the battery discharge rate.
BlackBerry Key2 is a niche product, but he will also like the Yarym Adherents of the BlackBerry brand, and all those who want to acquire a secure smartphone for.
Characteristics of BlackBerry Key2:
- Display: IPS LCD, diagonal 4.5 inches, Resolution 1620 × 1080
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
- RAM : 6 GB
- Internal memory: 64/128 GB
- OS: Android 8.1. Oreo
- Camera: Dual rear 12 + 12 megapixel, single frontal 8 MP
- Battery: 3500 mAh
- dimensions and weight: 151,4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm, 180 g
Honorary second place: BlackBerry Key2 LE
A few months after the BlackBerry Key2 TCL release released his simplified version of Key2 LE. It turned out to be more compact and easier, the keys decreased by 10%, but the diagonal of the display remained the same - 4.5 inches. The Key2 LE housing is made of polycarbonate plastic, it helped to reduce the weight of the device by 30% compared with the standard Key2.
In Key2 LE, there is the best of Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 budget processors, 4 GB of RAM and a battery for 3000 mAh. The smartphone is available in two versions - with 32 and 64 GB of internal memory. The main chamber remained dual, but the resolution of the sensors has changed - 13 + 5 Mp against 12 + 12 meters in the standard version of the smartphone.
In Russian stores, the smartphone is available in two color solutions - slate-gray and red.
Best Slider: BlackBerry Priv
by a mechanical keyboard, but also slider.
QWERTY-keyboard is extended from under a large 5.4-inch Quad HD display. Despite this feature, the mobile phone turned out quite thin. Inside there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB flash memory and battery capacity of 3410 mAh. Resolution of the rear camera - 18 MP, front - 2MP. The smartphone has a pre-installed software for doing business and security.
At the time of the release of the BlackBerry Priv, android 5.1.1 Lollipop is working. Later, he became available update before Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Everyone who is interested in this smartphone should be known: official updates to newer versions of Android is not and will not.
Find it in Russian online stores is difficult. The last price for which he was offered was in the area of 18 thousand rubles. Should I buy the BlackBerry Priv today? It is hard to say. It is the same fast as Keyone, but an outdated iron and irrelevant by do not give him the opportunity to compete with modern devices.
Characteristics of BlackBerry Priv:
- Display: Quad HD, diagonal 5.4 inches
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
- RAM: 3 GB
- Internal memory: 32 GB
- OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Camera: Single Rear 18 MP, Single Front 2 MP
- Battery: 3410 Mach
- Dimensions and weight: 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm, 192 g
Best smartphone without keyboard: BlackBerry Motion
Among the BlackBerry products, the Motion model is more like a standard smartphone. It was released at the beginning of 2018. This is a device with a 5.5-inch touchscreen display Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 4 GB of RAM and 32 ROM. He has 12 MP rear chamber, 8 MP front and battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh.
BlackBerry Motion is the first TCL smartphone with a dust and moisture protection standard IP67. From the box, it works on Android 7.1 Nougat, in the near future the update is promised to Android 8.0 OREO. Cost in the area of 30 thousand.
Characteristics of BlackBerry Motion:
- Display: Diagonal 5.5 inches, resolution 1920 × 1080
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal memory: 32 GB
- OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
- Camera: Single Rear 12 MP, Single Front 8 MP
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- Dimensions and weight: 155.8 x 75,5 x 8.1 mm, 167 g
Best statemate: BlackBerry DTEK50
DTEK50 is a modified version Alcatel IDOL 4, previously released under the TCL brand. The main difference between these devices is to cover the housing: DTEK50 is rubber, and Idol 4 - glass.
The rest of their characteristics are identical. BlackBerry Dtek50, released in August 2016, has a 5.2-inch IPS Ltps display with a resolution of 1920x1080 points, an eight-cubic chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB constant, plus Battery for 2614 mAh. Resolution of the rear chamber - 13 megapixel, front - 8 megapixel. The smartphone is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the shell includes protective applications from BlackBerry.
BlackBerry Dtek50 is an Android-state industry industry, and its cost is low - in the region of 21 thousand rubles.
Characteristics of BlackBerry DTEK50:
- Display: Diagonal 5.2 inches, resolution 1920x1080
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
- Ram: 3 GB
- Internal memory: 16 GB
- OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Camera: Single rear 13 MP, single frontal 8 MP
- Battery: 2614 mAh
- dimensions and weight: 147 x 72,5 x 7.1 mm, 135 g
Smartphones for India: BlackBerry EVOLVE and EVOLVE X
At the beginning of 2018, two smartphones were released under the BlackBerry brand, intended for Indian users. They received the names of the BlackBerry Evolve and Blackberry Evolve X. Both devices were made by Optiemus Infracom, which received permission to use the BlackBerry brand in the Indian market.
EVOLVE and EVOLVE X have a lot of total: 5.99-inch display, 16 MP front and battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh. The differences are as follows. The younger version has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip, 4 GB of RAM and dual 13 + 13 megapixel rear camera. EVOLVE X boasts support wireless charging, a faster Snapdragon 660 processor, an increased amount of RAM (6 GB) and a dual rear chamber, where one sensor has a resolution of 12 megapixel, and the second is represented by a telephoto lens with a resolution of 13 megapixel.
In Russian stores, the basic model is offered for 28 thousand rubles, the eldest - for 35.
The future of BlackBerry smartphones
As mentioned above, BlackBerry is no longer engaged in mobile electronics. The right to produce smartphones and the use of mobile software under this brand belongs to the Chinese company TCL. After the release of Keyone in 2017 and subsequent models, the Chinese saw that the interest in the BlackBerry brand was not ugas. Therefore, there is no doubt that in 2020 new products from TCL under the BlackBerry brand will appear on the market.