BlackBerry KEYone Hits the U.S. and Canada Late May

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We first saw the BlackBerry KeyOne at CES 2017, and it's an impressive attempt at reinventing the enterprise-focused smartphone.

TCL might share more details on the Keyone's availability from Sprint later next month. In the U.S., TCL will sell unlocked GSM and CDMA versions that can be used with U.S. carriers.

The BlackBerry KEYOne features a 4.5-inch 1620×1080 pixel resolution display, it has a Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

The new BlackBerry KeyOne will be available in both the United States and Canada from the 31st of May.

There's a 12-megapixel camera on the back with dual-tone flash and a wide f/2.0 aperture, while an 8-megapixel front camera handles selfies.

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The BlackBerry KEYone will also be offered on the company's online store from today, although BlackBerry says that the device has sold out for the time being.

The KeyOne is created to woo the hard-core BlackBerry fans to switch to Android. Billed as a throwback to the golden generation of BlackBerry phones, the KEYone comes with the phone maker's iconic QWERTY keyboard.

Other UK networks will also carry the new device soon, although BlackBerry could not confirm which carriers, or when it would be available.

The KeyOne will be available for pre-order in Canada starting May 18 through Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and Telus Business. There's also a fingerprint scanner built into the spacebar. Hardware keyboards have been a hit for years in countries like India and Indonesia, which are mainstays of the BlackBerry and BlackBerry Messenger. TCL claims the phone supports 26 hours of mixed use, with 50 per cent of the battery being charged in 36 minutes.

Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, we saw the first signs of life from the BlackBerry smartphone brand with the BlackBerry KeyOne. Though the handset will run on Android 7.1 Nougat, it'll still feature BlackBerry-made apps like BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, and Widgets. Despite being the ancestral home of BlackBerry, the device will launch there later in May.

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