BlackBerry KeyOne to launch in United States and Canada in late May

Francis Harris
April 28, 2017

The unlocked BlackBerry KEYone will cost $549 (roughly Rs. 35,300) in the USA, while the carrier-locked ones will be priced at CAD 199 (roughly Rs. 10,000) for two years in Canada.

Blending classic BlackBerry design with new influences, the KEYOne retains BlackBerry's iconic physical QWERTY keyboard, which has been given a major intelligence upgrade, with a stunning touchscreen display and metal body.

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 runs Android 7.1 Nougat and is heavily customised with BlackBerry's user interface and apps, including BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Hub and DTEK security.

The BlackBerry KeyOne will launch in the United States and Canada on the 31st of May 2017 and the device will be able to pre-order in Canada from the 18th of May. Of course, the smartphone boasts new features too, such as, the ability to assign a shortcut to every key on the keyboard. Vodafone UK has also confirmed that it will be selling the BlackBerry KEYone "soon".

If you are one of those waiting to buy the BlackBerry KEYone, we have some good news.

So, BlackBerry is hoping that this phone not only pulls in those who still pine for a physical keyboard, but also those Android die-hards who wouldn't mind having a bit of BlackBerry flair to their phone. Still, the phone felt perfectly responsive in use, and the positive flipside of this decision is that it should be more efficient than most, especially when coupled with the high-capacity 3,505mAh battery. This BlackBerry security application monitors your other apps, alerting you if one is accessing your camera to take a picture or video, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, accessing your contacts or location. It also has a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. It has selected TCL as its global licensing partner which means that TCL is now going to develop and sell BlackBerry-branded handsets. For the US, Engadget reports the KEYone price to be around $549 for the unlocked variant with no details on the carrier-locked models. It has a 1620x1080 resolution, which works out to 434 pixels per inch, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with Adreno 506 graphics.

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