The new BlackBerry KEYone smartphone which was first announced earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, in Barcelona, has now been released in UK.
This morning, TCL announced that the BlackBerry Keyone will be making its way to the U.S. and Canada starting on May 31st.
The BlackBerry Keyone will be launched in the United States on May 31 - both GSM and CDMA unlocked variants will go on sale on that date. Of course, the smartphone boasts new features too, such as, the ability to assign a shortcut to every key on the keyboard.
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"Secure software is integrated into the chipset and locked long before it gets near to the assembly line", said BlackBerry Mobile's Global Head of Device Portfolio, Gareth Hurn, no doubt alluding to reports of smartphones and PCs being infected with malware during assembly.
BlackBerry may have ventured into the Android arena but it's certainly not forgetting its past of having a physical keyboard.
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A couple of days ago we reported that BlackBerry KEYone price and availability details would be announced over the next few days.
The BlackBerry KEYone is built and designed by TCL Communication, who licensed the BlackBerry name.
Bolted on the back is a 12MP rear camera, with 8MP on the front. You can use your thumb, or any finger for that matter, to swipe and drag along the keyboard to interact with Android.
The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and a 3,505mAh battery. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box along with BlackBerry's suite of DTEK security applications. Also included is 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 3505mAh battery.
BlackBerry spun out what was left of its handset division in September, retaining the platform and security teams but allowing licensees to pick up the challenge of designing and marketing BlackBerry-branded phones.
"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.