The BlackBerry KeyOne is set to hit the market for purchase in the US and Canada starting next month. This is revealed by a press release from TCL, the device's manufacturer. The KEYone is the first TCL-manufactured BlackBerry smartphone to come with a physical keyboard, which was the signature feature of BlackBerry smartphones over the years.
Pricing Details And Release Date
It will be available f in Canada first, with preorders starting on the 18th of May. Canadian customers will be able to purchase the phone from Bell, Bell MTS, SaskTel, Rogers, and TELUS Business at $199 with a two-year contract. It will be available unlocked in the US starting on the 31st of May at $549. Meanwhile, the unlocked model will work with both GSM and CDMA networks, and TCL states that Sprint will be selling the device this coming summer.
In addition to U.S., BlackBerry has also confirmed Canadian availability. The KeyOne will be available for pre-order in Canada a little earlier on May 18. It will be available from Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS Business starting at $199 CAD for a two-year term.
BlackBerry KEYone Specs
The KEYone is the latest BlackBerry Android phone under TCL Communication, the KEYone is running Android 7.1 on a size of 4.5-inch 1620×1080 display and powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It also sports a 12-megapixel camera with Sony IMX378 sensor, similar to the one found on the Google's Pixel phones, and an 8-megapixel front snapper for selfies. More so, included is 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, and under the hood is 3505mAh battery.
Noteworthy, The KEYone's physical keyboard features a full QWERTY underneath its display that supports keyboard shortcuts, like pressing "B" to launch the browser, and also the keyboard can be used as a trackpad, Moreover, there's a fingerprint reader built into the space bar, as well.