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BlackBerry KeyOne UK Release Date: UK launch begins, price revealed
30 April 2017, 01:18 | Shelley Chandler
The Key One is designed to woo the hard-core Black Berry fans to switch to Android
In September past year BlackBerry announced it had stopped making phones. In Canada, the smartphone will be available for pre-orders starting May 18. The device will sell for $199 with a two-year contract. While its seemingly-antiquated design necessitates a stubbier screen than a typical smartphone, the excellent hardware keyboard feels ideal - just as it did years ago on older BlackBerry models.
The smartphone pioneer chose to exit the hardware business in September 2016 in favour of licensing agreements, such as the one with TCT. It is the first company-branded device to be externally developed by the company's hardware partner, China-based TCL Corp.
We are now testing a review sample of the KEYone and will share our thoughts in due time.
BlackBerry will also be selling the KEYone via Carphone Warehouse in the United Kingdom, starting from May 5th.
BlackBerry has once again imbued its hardware keyboard with some software smarts: app-launching short-cuts, swipe navigation and flick typing are joined for the first time by an unobtrusive fingerprint sensor on the spacebar.
The KEYone is the latest BlackBerry-branded Android smartphone.
The BlackBerry Keyone comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p full HD display and it's being powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Coming to the BlackBerry KEYone price, the phone has been priced in at $549 off the shelf. Only this time, the device runs on the Android platform. "Anyone who is an Android loyalist and values the mobile security and productivity that BlackBerry software brings will love this smartphone".
The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor (Sony IMX378) that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light.
A USB Type-C port provides power and wired connectivity, and the non-removable 3,505 mAh battery claims 26 hours of mixed use. Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology enables up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes. While on the front there is an 8 MP camera with a wide-angle lens.
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