Blackberry confirms launch dates for its gorgeous KeyOne Android phone

Randall Craig
April 28, 2017

For those in Canada, the device will be available for purchase through Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business. Today, we finally got a release date for the phone, and it will go on sale on May 18th in Canada and May 31st in the US.

The biggest and most important feature on the handset is its physical backlit QWERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone will be available for purchase in the United States and Canada starting next month, according to a press release from TCL, the device's manufacturer.

The BlackBerry KeyOne will launch in the USA and Canada on the 31st of May 2017 and the device will be able to pre-order in Canada from the 18th of May. It is also being said that the device will support both CDMA and GSM networks, thus supporting major networks in America. The KEYone is a snazzy looking smarpthone with a 4.5-inch touch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The 35-key keyboard has a built-in backlight for low-light usage, and now has a fingerprint sensor cleverly located in the space bar. The company's latest flagship device, the BlackBerry KEYone just launched in London.

All this is backed up by Android 7.1 Nougat, providing Google's most up-to-date mobile software tools, alongside BlackBerry's own DTEK security software, which the company says makes the KEYone "the world's most secure Android smartphone". The battery charges to 50 percent after half an hour of charge. For more info, visit http:// You can use your thumb, or any finger for that matter, to swipe and drag along the keyboard to interact with Android.

BlackBerry's software is the other half of the story.

TCL showed the new device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, saying it would ship globally sometime in April with a US pricetag of $549. There is an 8-megapixel front facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a flash module. There's no word when BlackBerry plans to bring the KeyOne to India.

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