BlackBerry's Android-Powered KeyOne to Launch Next Month in Canada and US

BlackBerry's Android-Powered KeyOne to Launch Next Month in Canada and US

BlackBerry's Android-Powered KeyOne to Launch Next Month in Canada and US

We're nearing the arrival of the BlackBerry KeyOne in North America.

"BlackBerry fans in Canada will be extremely excited to have the BlackBerry KeyOne available in their market", Alex Thurber, head of BlackBerry's mobility solutions unit, said in a statement. It'll be available unlocked initially, with models for GSM and CDMA carriers, but the KEYone will also be sold by USA carriers later on.

The BlackBerry KEYone will then be available to purchase from Carphone Warehouse stores across the United Kingdom for the same price from May 5th. The main camera is 12 megapixels and the front camera is 8 megapixels.

The BlackBerry hardware keyboard is back, and this time it's on the BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android-based smartphone. If one of those heads belongs to you, then you might be pleased to know that BlackBerry has finally announced a release date for the phone. From our time with the KEYone, the keyboard seems to be the well made and responsive, and with customizable shortcuts for 52 different keys, you'll certainly be able to put it to work for you.

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Obviously, things like battery life are still up in the air as far as real life usage goes, but overall the KEYone at least appears to be one of the best - if not the best - BlackBerry in years. This has been a signature feature of BlackBerry phones. The BlackBerry Keyone launches with Android 7.1.1 Nougat straight out of the box with BlackBerry's Security software. Despite being the ancestral home of BlackBerry, the device will launch there later in May. Also available starting May 31, the KEYone will be sold at Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and Telus Business (but not consumer) for $199 on a 2-year term, which likely translates to $699 outright. Still, the phone felt perfectly responsive in use, and the positive flipside of this decision is that it should be more efficient than most, especially when coupled with the high-capacity 3,505mAh battery.

TCL Communication, the smartphone manufacturer for BlackBerry, said in its statement that the BlackBerry KEYone will officially be available for purchase starting May 31 in the USA and Canada, as we said.

Other long standing BlackBerry features to make their way across to the KeyOne include the company's security features.

The processor's a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, but from what I could tell it can hold its own.

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