BlackBerry KEYone release date and pre-order details revealed

Apr 30, 2017, 01:22
BlackBerry KEYone release date and pre-order details revealed

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BlackBerry, under license by TCL Communications, has launched its latest Android-powered flagship smartphone, the KeyOne, in the UK. For users in Canada, the BlackBerry KeyOne will be available for pre-order from May 18 via Telus Business, SaskTel, Rogers, Bell MTS and Bell. USA buyers will be limited to purchasing the $549 unlocked GSM or CDMA versions of the smartphone at first, but there will be carrier deals over the summer, possibly by Sprint, notes Engadget. The KEYone's keyboard offers 52 customizable shortcuts that "transform each letter key for quick access to your favorite apps and most important contacts", the company claims.

BlackBerry KEYone Front

There's also the hub, which collects messages from numerous apps, and the keyboard can be used like the trackpad that was a prominent feature in BlackBerry phones.

"Secure software is integrated into the chipset and locked long before it gets near to the assembly line", said BlackBerry Mobile's Global Head of Device Portfolio, Gareth Hurn, no doubt alluding to reports of smartphones and PCs being infected with malware during assembly. While its seemingly-antiquated design necessitates a stubbier screen than a typical smartphone, the excellent hardware keyboard feels flawless - just as it did years ago on older BlackBerry models.

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BlackBerry told us that it will have more carrier availability details in the next few weeks before the official launch date in May.

The cameras appeared decent from what I saw - the 12-megapixel camera on the back uses the same image sensor as the Google Pixel. It runs a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor instead of one of its top-of-the-line 820, 821, 825 or 835 processors, has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The phone will cost you £499, and it is only available in limited quantities right now. While no details have been shared by the carrier, the BlackBerry KEYone is now listed as "coming soon" on its website.

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What makes the KEYone a stand out device in the already flooded smartphone market is the physical keyboard that BlackBerry handsets were once famous for.

But for now Blackberry lovers have to wait for its release. It was sad. BlackBerry really only did one thing but it did it better than any other phone - email. It is backed up by a 3505 mAh battery and has QuickCharge 3.0 with a "Boost" charging feature that gives 50 percent charge in "roughly 36 minutes".

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