The much awaited Blackberry KEYone which was first showcased in the 2017 Mobile World Congress has gotten its release date, at-least for the US and Canada markets. TCL and BlackBerry announced that the KEYone will go on sale from the 31st of May in the US and Canada, fans who want to pre-order the last in-house designed Blackberry device can do so from the 18th of May. This neatly falls into line with our earlier report on the device discussing its delay into May.
The KEYone is slated to cost ~$549 (~₹35,300) unlocked in the US while carrier locked pricing will start at CAD199 (~₹10,000) per year for a two-year contract in Canada. TCL Communication, the smartphone manufacturer for the BlackBerry KEYone had been the one to give us all these details, regarding the pricing, launch date and availability. The device will be available in Canada from the following telecom partners, Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business on the aforementioned two-year term contract for CAD 199. The US price has been sourced from an Endgadget report which stated the $549 price-tag but unfortunately, there is no clarity on carrier-locked variants and their availability. Although the report does state that carriers like Sprint are keen for the BlackBerry KEYone launch in spring and might do various bundles, offers alongside the device.
The BlackBerry KEYone will come with the signature QWERTY keypad below the device which also embeds a fingerprint sensor on the space-bar as well as capacitive touch sensors on the entire keyboard to support scrolling. The device will be rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked up to @2.0GHz coupled with an Adreno 506 GPU chip. It features 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2 TB). On the display front, the KEYone has a 4.5-inch full-HD (1620 x1080) IPS panel display clad under Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 for protection against scratches. For the camera, the smartphone sports a 12-megapixel SONY IMX378 sensor at the back with PDAF support a f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. Up-front an 8-megapixel sensor is present with a f/2.2 aperture and LED flash for video chatting and selfie duties.
To power all the hardware, TLC has provisioned the KEYone with a 3305mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quickcharge 3.0 standard over the USB Type-C v.1.0 connector. On the connectivity front, the device supports 4G LTE bands, WiFi 802.11 up to ac standard (dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz), Bluetooth v.4.2, GPS, NFC, and a 3.5mm audio jack. All this hardware comes packed inside a premium aluminum chassis with well thought out ergonomics to promote a single-handed usage style.
Here is to hoping that the device is launched in the sub-continent soon. Follow us on our social media to keep up with the latest in the world of Android.