30 April, 2017
The company is releasing their BlackBerry KeyOne Android-powered device at the end of May and it may have a market. As of now carriers in Canada will be Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS Business starting at $199 CAD on a two-year term.
We heard earlier that the BlackBerry KeyOne is now available in the United Kingdom with Selfridges and now TCL has announced that the handset will launch in the U.S. next month. In December 2016, BlackBerry signed a long-term deal with TCL that would allow them to design, build and sell BlackBerry-branded mobile devices.
BlackBerry has pulled out of the hardware business, but thanks to its partnership with Chinese company TCL, it announced an interesting handset at MWC (Mobile World Congress) this year. If you're one of the brand's remaining fans that fact alone might be enough to spark your interest, but if TCL hopes to poach users from Samsung, Apple, LG, and the rest, it's probably going to need a better weapon than the KeyOne. The inclusion of Android on board is great (as has been the case for BlackBerry's smartphones for quite some time now), but, still, that physical keyboard just isn't something I'm looking for these days. On KEYone, each key on the keyboard will be customizable too.
The BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone will be available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada starting next month, according to a press release from TCL, the device's manufacturer.
The delay isn't expected to hurt sales much, analysts said, partly because there are 275 million BlackBerry customers worldwide - many of whom may want a newer phone with physical keys.More news: Bayern blasts referee after Champions League loss to Madrid
BlackBerry launched the KEYone smartphone today (April 27) at Selfridges in London.
Android 7.1 Nougat comes as standard, along with access to over a million apps from the Google Play store.
BlackBerry KEYone sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor.
BlackBerry's software is the other half of the story. The battery capacity is 3,505 mAh and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. For times when you have to take a video conference on the go, the device includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus, LCD Flash, and 84-degree wide angle lens.