Today, BlackBerry and Optiemus have sent out media invites regarding a launch they are conducting in India. It is most likely that they will be launching the much-anticipated KEYone at the event. The launch will be held on August 1 in New Delhi. Previously reports had come in that the BlackBerry KEYone will be priced at Rs. 39,999. It is also being speculated that the BlackBerry KEYone that will be launched in India will be vastly different than the one that was launched internationally. The device will have updated specifications in the same body.
The Blackberry KEYone currently sports a price tag of $549, and comes with a 4.5-inch display with an aspect ratio of 3:2 along with a keyboard that sits below the screen. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM out of which both might be upgraded in the Indian variant. It is being speculated that the processor in the Indian variant would be the Snapdragon 820 or the 821 along with 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB. The device runs on Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. All of this is backed by a 3,505mAh non-removable battery.
Blackberry was one of the top 3 smartphone brands in the whole world in its initial stages. In the recent years, they have seen a heavy decline in sales. So much so that they sold off their hardware business to TCL and a few other OEMs which can now use the BlackBerry name to produce smartphones. Due to TCL not having selling rights in India Optiemus will be selling and distributing the KEYone in India. However, it remains to be seen if Blackberry will choose the offline sales method or will it only sell the device online.