BlackBerry KeyOne to go on sale next month for $199

BlackBerry KEYone sale will start from May 31

On March 31, TCL North America President Steve Cistulli tweeted that the KEYone wouldn't be available until sometime "in May", indicating that "excitement from the BlackBerry community has been so tremendous it is exceeding our initial supply".

BlackBerry and TCL just announced the release of the KEYone in U.S. and Canada, starting from the end of May.

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BlackBerry has been out of the hardware game for a while now, but the storied brand will live on thanks to licensing deals with other manufacturers including TCL, of Alcatel fame. BlackBerry KEYone sports 32GB of inbuilt storage and it can be expanded up to 2TB via microSD card.

In terms of security, the BlackBerry KEYone will probably not disappoint anyone. However, BlackBerry does have a market of niche users who would love to buy this smartphone as it offers many "classic" elements including a physical keyboard.

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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. Moreover, the company has also announced that Carphone Warehouse will be the next retailer wjo will be selling the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone in the United Kingdom from May 5 onwards.

Android 7.1 Nougat comes as standard, along with access to over a million apps from the Google Play store. This includes BlackBerry® Hub which brings all your messages into one consolidated place.

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

"BlackBerry fans in Canada will be extremely excited to have the BlackBerry KEYone available in their market", said Alex Thurber, Sr. It runs on a 3505mAh battery that's said to give all-day battery life and support QuickCharge 3.0 with a "Boost" charging feature that gives 50 percent charge in "roughly 36 minutes".

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BlackBerry enthusiasts in the USA will have to wait until May 31 to order the upcoming smartphone. While on the front there is an 8 MP camera with a wide-angle lens.

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