BlackBerry KEYone arrives in Europe on May 5, pre-order one for £499

TCL, the Chinese company releasing BlackBerry-branded smartphones, has been delaying the KEYone since it was announced back in February. Although many assumed the QWERTY smartphone would go on sale in the weeks following its official reveal, BlackBerry recently hinted the KEYone wouldn't hit the shelves until May or even later.

One thing we know for sure, though, as UK retailer Clove confirmed the first BlackBerry KEYone stock will soon be available for dispatch so that the phone will be available for purchase on May 5.

Customers can already pre-order the BlackBerry KEYone for £499 via Clove UK, but there aren't any bonuses coming with the purchase of the smartphone.

The BlackBerry KEYone is likely to make its debut in other European countries around the same time, but if you want to be an early adopter, you can pre-order it from Clove regardless of your location.

The smartphone comes unlocked and SIM-free, but make sure you check the GSM frequencies in the specs and local carrier compatibility for full support. It's also worth noting that the BlackBerry KEYone only comes in Black color.

source: Clove UK

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  • Display 4.5 inches
    1620 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo



31. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

wtf what phone is for artest the only one i can think of is the note with spen

30. shihte

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

again flop

19. Sparkxster

Posts: 1270; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

The pricing is too high for what they are offering. You would be better served with a moto g5 plus which has the same specs and is way cheaper!

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. Blackberry was reduced to a software company because they overpriced the Priv and the Passport.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry going the software route was in play when Chen took over, and that was before the PRIV and Passport came out.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's a technicality. Blackberry was still producing handsets. That doesn't change my point.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's not a technicality. It's a fact. My point is valid.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, it isn't.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, it is.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why thank you, meanest. I'm pretty sure we absolutely cared about your useless trivial comment about blackberry. /sarcasm

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, obvious bumburned response from you because I put you in your place again.

29. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

The KEYone offers some unique features which some people are willing to pay a premium for. I would have priced it at $500 but $550 isn't horrible.

17. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Most expensive keyboard in recent years.

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

$550 isn't an expensive price tag for enterprises, which where the KEYone is aimed at.

20. Rydsmith unregistered

It is when most have switch to BYOD.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes, it is

16. dubaiboy78

Posts: 466; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

$299 seems reasonable for this low-midrange phone

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blackberry needs to learn how to reasonably price their devices.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry doesn't price their new, branded handsets anymore, ever since September of last year when they got out of the hardware market for smartphones.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That contradicts your comment in another article. You're moving the goalpost yet again to suit your narrative.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

No it doesn't. Post the link proving it if it does. Don't worry, I'll wait. Or are you afraid that the only thing that you're going to prove is that you keep changing the facts to suit your false narrative?

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's a technicality.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

No it's not, no matter how much you wish it was. And I'm still waiting on that link that you're auposed to be posting that shows me contradicting myself.

28. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

It's actually a premium phone with some mid-range specs. The 3 GB RAM for example. However, the rear camera is the same sensor used in the Google Pixel devices.

10. notfair

Posts: 785; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

announced in feb sold in may... WTF? everyone forgot about this phone already... sad

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup, I think the S8 and G6 announcement caused them to reconsider. They're not going to be able to compete with those devices.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry Mobile already explained why the release date got pushed back, despite what the uninformed assume about it. Anyone wanting this phone isn't just going to just forget about it in that short a time span, and this phone is for a specific market that's not in competition with other handsets, despite what the uninformed have to say about it. Most people, if not all, that want a KEYone will buy one because they want it for specific hardware/software features that other handsets either don't offer at all, or don't offer on the same level as this handset does.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's what they want you to think. You need to stop being so aggressive and argumentative just because we voice our opinion on why blackberry delayed the KeyONE. You can say it's not going to compete with other devices, but that is not entirely true.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's the truth. You have to stop being so aggressive and argumentative just because I voice my opinion (backed with facts like the link I provided) about what someone is saying in a public forum. No one in the market for a KEYone isn't going to get one because of what Samsung or LG are putting out, for obvious reasons. What I said is what's been said by the people who made the device, whether you want to believe it or not.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Only one being aggressive and argumentative, two words you stole from my playbook btw, is you. I'm doing the same thing you are doing, voicing my opinion. What you say and what the market says are two different things. Whether you want to believe it or not, the KeyONE has been delayed by the S8 and the G6. It's the same reason why carriers aren't carrying it right now.

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