BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition not coming to the U.S.

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition not coming to the U.S.
Bad news for U.S. consumers who were hoping to get their mitts on the Black Edition of the BlackBerry KEYone. The enhanced version of the handset will not be sold in the states. With a fabulous QWERTY keyboard and spectacular battery life, the KEYone has been a surprise hit for BlackBerry Mobile. The Black Edition, which launched last month as an exclusive in India, not only gives the phone a sleek black look, it also increases the amount of RAM on the handset from 3GB to 4GB, a 33% increase. Native storage doubles from 32GB on the standard model to 64GB on the Black Edition.

At the end of last month, BlackBerry Mobile announced that it was going to expand distribution in September to North America (not including the States), the U.K., Germany, France, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Japan. Later this year, countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America will also start selling the Black Edition. The price of the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition will be the local currency equivalent of $650 USD.

Keep in mind that Black Edition is not the same model as the Space Black version of the KEYone that AT&T is currently selling. Priced at $16.67 a month over 30 months, the AT&T branded KEYone keeps the specs of the standard model including 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage.

source: AnandTech

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  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
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  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh

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48 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Before anyone rants about Blackberry this or that, remember, this is TCL's decision - not Blackberry's.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. But the ranting will come, and BlackBerry will be blamed in said ranting, regardless.

19. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

And we both know that you'll be there to cry about it.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, more like you'll be the one here ranting like a little btch.

40. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You mean like you are doing right now?

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, like you're doing. And don't think I didn't notice how you still keep avoiding my comment #23 that shut your little ignorant @$$ down.

5. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Exactly. Plus, past special edition blackberries have always been released overseas and not the US like the Gold and Porsche Edition Bold.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2361; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’m betting we will see it around December. I’m guessing AT&T got an exclusivity deal to offer the all black version and even though that version is different from this, they may have still offered to hold off selling this version for a few months so AT&T can sell their version. I mean if AT&T offers the first black version of the device but you know you can get the same cool color plus better specs if you just wait a few weeks, well then you’d be wanting to wait for that instead of buying the AT&T phone.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you.

12. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I think blackberry does have some say though, but I respect you for being neutral and level headed.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, he was clearly referring to you, but it's cute seeing you act like he wasn't. Post a link proving that BlackBerry has any say about hardware releases or you're just posting more conjecture.

18. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

We both know that you would be extremely giddy if he was. That explains why you were so happy. Post a link proving that they don't. I'll overlook the fact that you are saying blackberry has no control over products that bear their name.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, he was. You're just in denial. As usual. "Additionally, TCL is managing all sales and distribution and will serve as a global distributor of new BlackBerry-branded mobile devices along with their dedicated sales teams. Effectively, this means TCL is designing, building and marketing BlackBerry Smartphones for themselves, not for BlackBerry." That's from here:https://www.google.com/amp/s/crackberry.com/cleaning-confusion-what-you-need-know-about-blackberry-and-blackberry-mobile%3famp BlackBerry controls the software and services for their branded smartphones. Nothing more. Nothing less. I would say that I'll overlook the fact that you'll ignore the factual evidence that I just threw in your face, but I'd be lying. You'll ignore it, and I'll call you out for it.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Just read the source article, and there is no "official" word from TCL saying that it won't be available in the states. I'd take this with a grain of salt until there is official confirmation on this.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Can it be sales weren't as great in the US as in other countries? I'll be picking one up when the price drops :)

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Doubtful, according to all the articles about it selling out in U.S. based establishments like BestBuy.

10. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Of course. Sales were probably not as good as they thought despite what some people think. Or blackberry probably got wise and saw that releasing the KeyONE next to the Note 8, the next iPhone, and the king of phones, the Pixel 2, would be suicide.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry doesn't release devices anymore. Get over it. Post a link proving what you're saying, or it's just more BS conjecture from you, especially since the KEYone has already been released before those devices.

20. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol, do you want me to give you a crying towel? Cry me a river of salty tears.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aka you're a troll and you're sethiing with anger because I called you out on your ignorant BS with the facts. Remain triggered by the truth, lol.

29. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Sethiing? I assure you, I'm not Sethiing from anything, alphageek. You are the only one who is ignorant here. Just like you, right?

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, don't think I didn't notice how you completely dodged the fact that I proved that you're full of ignorance with my comment #23, mxyzptlk. Nah, you mean just like yourself.

41. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I didn't, alphageek. Don't bother assuming crap like you usually do. Nope, not at all.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you did, as you have yet to respond to it, because I shut your ignorance down. Yes, you mean yourself.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Either way. Acquiring the device from Canada won't be terribly difficult. Us Canadians do it all the time with devices that don't make their way above the border.

13. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

It won't be entirely compatible with all carrier networks like the Pixel and Nexus 6P are.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

That has absolutely nothing to do with what he said, and their are variants that are compatible with all carrier networks.

21. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Omg, who cares? Stop crying so much. It's not healthy.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you do. That's why you responded. Now stop being triggered so much by BlackBerry articles. It's not healthy.

30. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not triggered at all. Again, I'm not the one who continues to fight the good fight on each and every BlackBerry article.

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