BlackBerry Keyone, the last qwerty keyboard from BlackBerry will finally hit the shelves in the US and Canada market. BlackBerry along with its licensing partner TCL on Thursday announced that the Keyone smartphone will go on sale in the US and Canada from May 31. The pre-order for the smartphone will start from May 18. The buyers in Canada will get a carrier-based option from Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS Business starting at CAD 199 on a two-year term. Meanwhile, in the US, the unlocked version will come for a price of $549 (or approx Rs. 35,199).
To refresh, the new BlackBerry Keyone was officially introduced at MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona late in February this year. The aluminum framed BlackBerry Keyone features a 4.5-inch touch IPS LCD (3:2 resolution / full-HD: 1080×1620 pixels). The keyboard which is backlit supports swipe gestures and act as a trackpad. The device runs Google’s latest Android 7.1 Nougat and ships with the company’s secure DTEK app to ensure that the user’s personal details are secured and protected end-to-end. The BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU. The phone packs a 3505mAh battery and support QuickCharge 3.0 with a ‘Boost fast charge’ feature.
On the optics front, the smartphone sports a 12-megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX378 rear sensor that is capable of shooting 4K videos. There is an 8-megapixel front facing camera that comes with a flash module.
BlackBerry KEYone offers 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). Connectivity suite on the phone includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port.
Evidently, BlackBerry back in December last year signed a long-term agreement with TCL and announced that the Chinese company will design, build and sell BlackBerry-branded mobile devices globally. The all-new BlackBerry Keyone will be the last smartphone to be designed and engineered in-house.