30 April, 2017
The BlackBerry Keyone will first arrive in Canada with pre-orders opening May 18.
Chinese electronics giant TCL, which past year became the exclusive manufacturer and distributor for BlackBerry-branded smartphones, said Thursday that the new keyboarded, Android-powered BlackBerry KeyOne will go on sale in the USA and Canada next month. Despite being the ancestral home of BlackBerry, the device will launch there later in May.
TCL, the manufacturer that now owns the BlackBerry brand, then provided more details on the handset's specs and features the following month during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. BlackBerry 10, the operating system on the handset, was the company's last real effort, and, well, we know how that worked out. It'll work on both CDMA and GSM networks. This suite of BlackBerry apps also includes security apps like DTEK and BlackBerry Password Manager. A Snapdragon 625 (from early 2016), 3 GB of RAM, and 12-megapixel camera are the major players, and the phone ships with Android 7.1.1. Plus, BlackBerry has added its own security features features, making the phone secure compared to any other Android device.
That really depends on how much of a BlackBerry fan you are, and how much you care for having a physical QWERTY keyboard.
The BlackBerry KEYone is a major refocus of the brand with BlackBerry mainly dedicated to the software while TCL puts major emphasis on the hardware. It's 2017, so a handset with a physical keyboard does stand out, and the KEYone is on top of that decked out well in terms of specs, and has a premium metal design to boot.
BlackBerry KEYone Goes on Sale Exclusively In London For Limited Time
If you are one of those waiting to buy the BlackBerry KEYone, we have some good news. You can use your thumb, or any finger for that matter, to swipe and drag along the keyboard to interact with Android.
The KEYone may not become a runway hit, but a carrier deal might allow BlackBerry to regain at least some of its lost reputation. The battery capacity is 3,505 mAh and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
The BlackBerry KEYone launches today in the United Kingdom and is available in-store exclusively from Selfridges on Oxford Street in London priced at £499.
Such a keyboard was once the signature feature of BlackBerry smartphones.
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