BlackBerry KEYone launches in North America tomorrow

BlackBerry KEYone launches in North America tomorrow
Tomorrow is the last day of May 2017, but it happens to also be the first day that the BlackBerry KEYone will be available in the U.S. and Canada. In North America, the phone's distinctive physical Keyboard and outstanding battery life have excited consumers, many of whom would have never considered buying a BlackBerry before. The KEYone will be sold starting tomorrow at select Best Buy stores and through Amazon, priced at $549.99 USD.

In the U.S., these unlocked models will be available in two different variants. One will support GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, while the other supports CDMA operators like Verizon and Sprint. Carrier availability will start this summer at Sprint.

Beginning tomorrow, several Canadian carriers will make the BlackBerry KEYone available with certain plans. Wireless operators such as Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS will sell the KEYone in stores or online. Carrier pricing starts as low as $199 Canadian with a signed two-year contract. The retail price for the device in Canada is $729 Canadian.

The physical QWERTY keyboard on the KEYone looks great, and is a major improvement over the one found on the BlackBerry Priv slider. BlackBerry uses metal frets on the new model, which brings back memories of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 (possibly the best portrait positioned typing experience on a handset ever). The outstanding battery life is the result of BlackBerry combining a 3505mAh battery with the Snapdragon 625 chipset. The latter is an energy sipping chip that allows KEYone users to steer clear of outlets for nearly two days.


With its North American release tomorrow, you can bone up on the BlackBerry KEYone by reading our review. Simply click on this link.

source: CrackBerry (1), (2)

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KEYone
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh

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14 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A 4.5" phone that's as big as a 6" phablet... And that's the first thing that came in my mind when I saw a hands-on review of The KEYone... And apparently, there are people out there who'd go to any length to defend this 'jawn' but... A PKB is unnecessary in this time and age... There was a time when I used to swear on my Blackberry Bold but I've moved on... Average users use a keyboard on a smartphone just ~15-20% of the time, and for that 20%; sacrificing a 40% front pannel real-estate (KEYone has a pathetic 55% screen-to-body ratio) is just... A tad unnecessary, dontcha think...? Beside, it's just so bulky and looks so dorky...! A mortal with little to no knowledge about smartphones and the history of Blackberry will consider a KEYone User a geek of sorts with such a huge keyboard...! Anyhow, criticism isn't necessarily a sign of hatred...! For example; I absolutely love The Galaxy S8 but you'll often find me criticizing its ultra-slim 18.5:9 aspect ratio and its FPS placement...! Oh well, G'Day!

2. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

I don't know if anyone has time to read your bs in every post

3. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

The keyone is smaller than most 5.5 inch screen phones (pixel xl, OP3T, HTC u11, Iphone 7 plus, Axon7, etc.) so I don't know how you come up with that first point. This will sell better than if they made a a normal smartphone with just a screen. Look at how few reviews the Dtek 60 has on amazon and best buy. Hardly anyone is going to buy a blackberry phone that is like most other phones out there. The average person will buy more popular brands pretty much no matter what blackberry does and blackberry lovers will be disappointed because most of them like blackberry for the PKB. I bet this has more reviews on amazon in a month than the dtek 60's whopping 41 that it has gotten in 7-8 months.

4. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Gramps, ain't nobody got time ta read ya drunken rage, techie-style nonsense on a tech site. Primarily since ya don't have a clue about what ya talkin' 'bout. Ya got two people here puttin' ya in ya place already about ya verbal doo-doo that ya spittin', so I won't bother goin' in on ya too much.

9. bbluvr

Posts: 2; Member since: May 31, 2017

Who are you to be criticizing and bad-mouthing anything? You carry on about all the negatives you perceive about the BlackBerry KeyOne like your word is some gospel truth sent down from Heaven. Why not just shut the hell up, ignore the release of the device if it doesn't interest you, and keep your biased thoughts to yourself? Many people are excited about what could be the best BlackBerry device ever and you come along and throw nothing but shade, hate and negativity...go use your iPhone or Galaxy 8 like everyone else, shut your pie hole and move along.

5. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

I'm coppin' this jawn as soon as it's available tomorrow, an' the old green hater green thumbin' his own account can go thataway wit' the liquid doo-doo nonsense. Gonna be a sweet pleasure ta rock this sexy beast!

6. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I am in firm agreement with you. The KEYone will make a great smartphone to replace my Dtek60 as primary phone.

12. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You just said that below.

13. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Real cornball like, mxyzptlk. Ya lookin' real desperate pickin' fights with multiple peeps just ta get the attention that ya ain't gettin' from ya moms an' pops. Ya just mad 'cause for all ya got ta say, ya can't make ya lie about me and the big homie bein' the same person true. Meanwhile, ya done told on ya self that ya mxyzptlk dozens of times, already. Nobody believes ya crap, and er'body knows that ya mxyzptlk. It must really sting ya booty that the big homie made ya close out ya mxyzptlk account, and exposed ya Tony_Stark account so quick that ya shut that one down, too. Now get a life an' hop off my eggplant.

14. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol! You just nail him with the sick burn. He will feel the burn of the truth of what you just say for months to come. He is always seeking attention from Meanestgenius, you and me, even if it is negative attention that he will receive. He need medical attention badly.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can't wait to get my hands on the BlackBerry KEYone! It ticks all the right boxes for me, and then some:Innovative PKB? Check. Fantastic battery life? Check. Great camera? Check. Sturdy build quality that BlackBerry is known for? Check. Productivity powerhouse that's more secure than the others? Check. Will be placing my order, posthaste.

8. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Finally.. felt like forever

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Hum, sounds like this KEYone is on track to set all BlackBerry hansets sales record tumbling!

11. AxelFoley unregistered

Seems pretty interesting.

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