Published: Sun, April 30, 2017
Research | By Chelsea Rogers

BlackBerry KeyOne to launch in U.S. and Canada in late May

BlackBerry KeyOne to launch in U.S. and Canada in late May

The smartphone will go on sale starting May 31 in the United States and Canada, while the pre-orders will begin from May 18.

TCL and BlackBerry have just announced that BlackBerry KEYone is finally going on sale in the US and Canada markets starting May 31. TCL is licensed by BlackBerry to make the Android device. It is not the most powerful handset in the world by any stretch, though the big draw for BlackBerry fans is the 35-key backlit keyboard with touch navigation. TCL, the company manufacturing the phone, says that Sprint will carry the device at an unspecified date this summer. This suite of BlackBerry apps also includes security apps like DTEK and BlackBerry Password Manager.

It's been a couple of months since we heard anything about the KeyOne, but today BlackBerry is going public with information on the phone's availability in North America. Importantly, the KeyOne is the last smartphone to be designed by BlackBerry.

In the U.S., the KeyOne will come to Sprint "later this summer", but eager beavers can order through BlackBerry.com for $549.

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BlackBerry KeyOne is most likely to start its pre-order process in the country of origin, Canada. The phone will cost you £499, and it is only available in limited quantities right now. The company said the "smart" physical keyboard will offer contextual auto-correction and next-word prediction capabilities, as well as up to 52 customizable shortcuts that can provide users with one-key access to apps and contacts. 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.

We've seen a lot of features and specifications in smartphones disappear over the years, and, for all intents and purposes, the physical keyboard is one of them.

The KeyOne is the fourth BlackBerry handset that doesn't run on BlackBerry's own operating system, instead opting for Google's Android. It also features a 12MP rear camera (1.55um) with the Sony IMX378 sensor and an 8MP front-facing sensor.

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