BlackBerry KEYone now available for Purchase in the U.S. and Canada
Originally announced at MWC 2017, the latest BlackBerry-branded Android smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone, is now finally available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada. In a press release, TCL, the manufacturer of the device, has announced that the device will officially go on sale in the U.S. and Canada starting today.
The BlackBerry KEYone will be available in two variants in the U.S., with one model compatible with GSM-based networks such as T-mobile and AT&T and a CDMA variant that is made to work on Verizon and Sprint. U.S. residents can purchase the BlackBerry KEYone from online retailers such as Amazon and BestBuy.com as well as select retail Best Buy stores for a price of $549.99. The CDMA version of the KEYone will be exclusively available from Amazon at launch with the company promising additional carrier availability, including Sprint retail availability, coming later this summer.
Meanwhile, the device is also going on sale in Canada as well. The device was available for pre-order in Canada earlier this month but starting today customers will be able to purchase it from official channels throughout the country. The BlackBerry KEYone will be available for purchase from Canadian carriers such as Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS at $199 CAD on a 2-year contract. There will also be an unlocked version of the KEYone for $749 CAD upfront, which the company states will arrive next month.
As a refresher, the BlackBerry KEYone sports a 4.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1620 x 1020, but the main highlight of the device is its physical keyboard. The keyboard packs some cool features such as touch gestures, predictive typing, and the ability to program each letter key to access favorite apps and most important contacts.
Under the hood, the device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC, 3GBs of RAM, and 32GBs of flash storage with expandable storage support thanks to a MicroSD card slot. As for the camera, the device comes with a 12MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. The device also packs a hefty 3,505mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. On the software side of things, the BlackBerry KEYone comes running Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, with BlackBerry’s promise to provide timely security updates.