After some brief glimpses of it at CES codednamed as the Mercury and finally given its official name the BlackBerry KEYone back at MWC we finally have release date info pertaining to the device.
The handset's Canadian availability details have also been announced. An unlocked version of the phone will be priced starting at $549 in the U.S. In 2015, BlackBerry released the Priv, its first Android smartphone, as part of its shift away from its proprietary operating system.
"BlackBerry is giving a 4.5" 1080p display, a frugal, but powerful Snapdragon 625 chipset, a 12 MP camera with large pixels, and a hearty 3500 mAh juicer that promises fantastic battery life with these specs.
Pre-ordering will be available in Canada first, while buyers in the USA can pre-register now to receive updates and offers ahead of the KEYone's release. It also comes with a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. Are you interested in the BlackBerry KEYone?
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BlackBerry KeyOne is the big comeback for everyone's favorite (and pretty much only) option for a smartphone with a tactile physical keyboard. There's no word when BlackBerry plans to bring the KeyOne to India. 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. The 35-key keyboard has a built-in backlight for low-light usage, and now has a fingerprint sensor cleverly located in the space bar.
Consumers can purchase the device in Selfridge's home and tech department for £499. TCL claims the phone supports 26 hours of mixed use, with 50 per cent of the battery being charged in 36 minutes.
The KEYone features a standout physical keyboard with touch features embedded.
TCL Communication, the smartphone manufacturer for BlackBerry, said in its statement that the BlackBerry KEYone will officially be available for purchase starting May 31 in the United States and Canada, as we said. Plus, BlackBerry has added its own security features features, making the phone secure compared to any other Android device. It also has a full QWERTY keyboard that doubles as a trackpad for scrolling through long emails or web pages and is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 processor.