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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.
BlackBerry KeyOne wants to make the keyboard cool again