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BlackBerry KeyOne wants to make the keyboard cool again

Best yet, it has a few neat tricks for power users.

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The BlackBerry KeyOne is the first BlackBerry phone we've seen in a long time that didn't make us want to roll our eyes.

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That's because in addition to the physical keyboard...

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...it has a 4.5-inch screen that's large enough to use.

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And more than a few tricks for power users.

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The mostly metal design gives it a lift.

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Some may find the soft-grip backing out of place on a high-end phone; these days all-metal designs are a sign of premium times.

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The 12-megapixel camera comes with filters.

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There's an 8-megapixel camera up front.

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It runs Android 7.1 Nougat.

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And has features like split-screen -- you can still type on the keyboard while using it.

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"Dtek" is the phone's security software.

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You can assign keyboard shortcuts to favorite apps.

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A tab you can access from every screen gives you a snapshot of your day.

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The third home screen helpfully has shortcuts you might actually want to use, like taking a note.

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Each key can launch up to two apps with a long or short press.

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Check out some more photos of BlackBerry's KeyOne phone.

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Read on for more impressions of the BlackBerry KeyOne.

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