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BlackBerry KeyOne specs vs. HTC U Ultra, Google Pixel, iPhone 7

Just how well does BlackBerry's keyboard-toting "comeback" phone stand up against the other guys?

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This April, the BlackBerry KeyOne will come into the market as a high-end phone -- the first with both Android 7.1 Nougat software and a QWERTY keyboard. But when it does, it'll face staunch competition from a bevy of Android phones that have large touchscreens and premium hardware, from all-metal bodies to powerful processors and cutting-edge camera tech.

So how will the KeyOne stack up? We can never answer that question for sure without thorough testing (we'll have to wait until April for that), but we can take a peek at the specs versus other phones.

Without question, the KeyOne is unique. It's the only one with that physical keyboard, and has some other interesting software perks besides. But its single camera will compete with the dual camera setup on some premium phones, like the iPhone 7. It isn't water-resistant, and has a lower-powered processor than both the Google Pixel and the HTC U Ultra. And those looking for a full-metal body may not love the KeyOne's soft-touch backing (even if they like the fact that it doesn't gum up with fingerprints).

There's a lot more to discover when we get the chance to compare them side by side. For now, take a gander yourself at the full specs and pricing below.

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BlackBerry KeyOne specs vs. HTC U Ultra vs. Google Pixel vs. Apple iPhone 7

BlackBerry KeyOneHTC U UltraGoogle PixelApple iPhone 7
Display size, resolution 4.5-inch; 1,620x1,080 pixels5.7-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels4.7-inch; 1,334x750 pixels
Pixel density 434 ppi513 ppi441 ppi326 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.9x2.9x.37 in6.4x3.1x0.31 in5.7x2.74x0.34 (at its thickest)5.44x2.64x0.28 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 150x74x9.4 mm162.4x79.8x8 mm (at its thickest)143.8x69.54x8.58 mm (at its thickest)138.3x67.1x7.1 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.3 oz; 180 g6 oz; 170 g5.04 oz; 143 g4.87 oz; 138 g
Mobile software Android 7.1Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.1 NougatApple iOS 10
Camera 12-megapixel 12-"Ultrapixel"12.3-megapixel12-megapixel (wide)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel16-megapixel8-megapixel7-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K4K
Processor 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 6252.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8212.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Apple A10 chip (64-bit)
Storage 32GB64GB, 128 GB32GB, 128GB32GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM 3GB4GB4GBN/A
Expandable storage Up to 2TBUp to 2TBNoneNone
Battery 3,505mAh battery (nonremovable)3,000mAh (nonremovable)2,770mAh14 hour talk time on 3G, 10 days standby, 12 hours internet use on LTE
Fingerprint sensor Space barHome buttonBack coverHome button
Connector USB-CUSB-CUSB-CLightning
Special features Physical keyboard, BlackBerry security softwareSecond screen, dual-SIM optionalGoogle Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-readyWater and dust-resistant, Taptic Home button
Price off-contract (USD) $549$750$649 (32GB); $749 (128GB)$649 (32GB); $749 (128GB); $849 (256GB)
Price (GBP) £499£649£599 (32GB); £699 (128GB)£599 (32GB); £699 (128GB); £799 (256GB)
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$715Converts to AU$995AU$1,079 (32GB); AU$1,229 (128GB)AU$1,079 (32GB), AU$1,229 (128GB), AU$1,379 (256GB)

Editors' note (5:11 p.m. PT): Corrected KeyOne video capture resolution to 4K.

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