BlackBerry KEYone QWERTY Android Smartphone Will Go on Sale on May 31

Posted April 28, 2017

More concrete are the KEYone's release details for the Canadian market, which despite market share declines still has a sizeable following of BlackBerry loyalists.

TCL has announced that the Android-powered BlackBerry Keyone smartphone will launch in the United States on May 31.

Pre-ordering will be available in Canada first, while buyers in the US can pre-register now to receive updates and offers ahead of the KEYone's release.

On the camera front, the BlackBerry KeyOne uses a 12MP Sony IMX378 rear camera and an 8MP selfie camera.

The BlackBerry KEYOne is finally here.

The KeyOne will be BlackBerry's last smartphone designed and engineered in-house.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be released on May 31 for $549. A carrier deal would also put the smartphone on the map for customers who consider a phone only when they see it in a local provider's store, notes Engadget. The Smart Keyboard, as it's called, responds to touch gestures, can be programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, and has a fingerprint sensor built directly into the spacebar. The KeyOne will be available at Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and Telus Business, starting at $199 CAD (or approx Rs. 9371) on a two-year term.

Eager fans can head to the Selfridges Home and Tech department to get their hands on the device, which is on sale for £499. So the BlackBerry KeyOne is made by TCL with BlackBerry branding over the top.

The KeyOne is the fourth BlackBerry handset that doesn't run on BlackBerry's own operating system, instead opting for Google's Android.

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. TCL said its first smartphone for BlackBerry would focus on three key features: security, productivity and reliability.

The smartphone is backed by a 3505mAh battery and comes with QuickCharge 3.0 support along with a "Boost" charging feature.