BlackBerry KEYone: The Big Bang for the Buck!


This post is little technical as I wanted to understand the internals of the BlackBerry KEYone. So far, we have addressed how the device ownership experience is but in these rapidly shifting hardware technologies, you should get the best value for money. So how will you choose what you are getting?

Here too, BlackBerry has trumped the consumer interests in mind and opted to give you the best combination of performance for the price ratio. What’s also important to understand that the software has been optimised for the hardware and that’s the reason why it shows up in the performance parameters. Yet, don’t be swayed by those excessive claims of competitors but instead focus on how the key factor of smartphone usage- battery life.

Here are the key metrics that are important to be understood:

RAM: It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

Semiconductor size (here it is 14 nm):A smaller size indicates that the process to create the chip is newer.

It has 8 CPU threads. More threads result in faster performance and better multitasking.

The system on a chip (SoC) has an integrated LTE cellular chip. LTE is capable of downloading at faster speeds than older, 3G technology.

7.4GB/s:This is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory. It’s suffice for daily use!

A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit applications.

Using big.LITTLE technology, a chip can switch between two sets of processor cores in order to maximise performance and battery life. For example, when playing a game the more powerful cores will be used to increase performance, whereas checking email will use the less powerful cores to maximise battery life.

It has Dynamic frequency scaling is a technology that allows the processor to conserve power and reduce noise when it is under a light load.

A higher version of eMMC allows faster memory interfaces, having a positive effect on the performance of a device. For example, when transferring files from your computer to the internal storage over USB.

Vector Floating-Point (VFP) is used by the processor to deliver increased performance in areas such as digital imaging.

And other options to improve the overall rendering of graphics.

All these pointers are clearly towards maximising the battery life; in essence the non-demanding games will be easily playable as well. However, the metric is geared to performance and what BlackBerry does best- being a complete device in itself.

Qualcomm Snapdragon



BlackBerry Forever!

  • Clearly specs are not the whole story. User experience is. The KEYone is designed for productivity-oriented users where messaging and organization oriented apps are more important than graphics, games and video. The KEYone seems to have what it needs and more, for its intended market segment.

    Awesome review of some of the key specs on the KEYone!

  • anthogag

    I hope the KEYone shows-up as a top dog in battery performance because most people are more impressed by specs.