BlackBerry KEYone market release delayed, now shipping after May

Chinese company TCL announced back in February that the BlackBerry KEYone should be available globally starting April. Unfortunately, the market release timeframe of the smartphone has been moved to May...
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102. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Show me where I said that he was, this time without moving the goalpost back.

109. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never said that you said it, so stop changing the facts to suit your false narrative.

100. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

This & the S8 are for totally different demographics

101. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not saying that they aren't.

108. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

You implied it.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm fine with it, as BlackBerry Mobile/TCL never gave an exact date, iirc. What I'm really pleased with is BlackBerry's earnings report today, as they beat on earnings.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I think it's still a bit of a bitter pill. They had some good hype coming out of MWC, but it's cooled off a fair bit. With Samsung taking a few swings at the productivity market with the S8, the delay could potentially be costly.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Samsung smartphones don't exactly have the same level of security and productivity that BlackBerry Android smartphones have. People looking at the KEYone for a potential buy will have that in mind. But more importantly, those looking to buy a KEYone are doing so because of its unique offerings, of which on of the major ones is the physical keyboard (in addition to the stronger security on BlackBerry Secured Android), and for some, it's to be be different from the pack. Not everyone wants to buy a slab-style phone that permeates the smartphone market. Besides, the S8/S8+ was going to sell gangbusters regardless of the KEYone. People looking at one isn't necessarily looking at the other.

20. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Oh I agree. I think that people already decided on the KEYOne won't be swayed. People on the fence though might be, as could enterprise buyers. Samsung seems to be making some more business overtures with the addition of the connectivity dock, and the Microsoft edition of the device. The delay may cause some of the fence sitters to move away from the KEYOne. I hope I'm wrong, but I could see it happening.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I personally see Samsung's devices with dock connectivity supplanting Windows Phones in the enterprise market, not BlackBerry's, especially since Samsung's offerings are coming with lots of Microsoft apps pre-installed. In any event, BlackBerry Mobile/TCL have been very realistic with their aiming the KEYone at a niche market, which isn't a copout answer or an excuse, as certain ignorant trolls will no doubt say when they come comment here.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

At least you're not making excuses and copping out from the obvious truth. If it was truly being released to a different market, like the enterprise market some people love to refer to as an excuse, then they would go on ahead and release the device.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

As I predicted (because you're so predictable), you said it's a copout answer and an excuse. Hook, line, and complete sucker. But that's par the course for someone who admitted to posting willfully ignorant statements on BlackBerry articles because of our "little feud".

69. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Should have known you would pull that stunt, which is why I came prepared with my previous comment.

74. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, the comment described you beat, and you knew it.

89. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You were trying to bait and I used it against you.

97. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, I described perfectly what you'd do, and you did it, as predicted. Don't backtrack now because I'm right.

104. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You tried to "bait" me and I tossed it right back at you. You got busted, man.

111. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

How is it "trying" if you went right for it? Must have hit a nerve with the description, lol. You're busted, ma'am.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

What's so hard to launch a Snapdragon 625 phone with a keyboard tech that has been used so many times before ?

7. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

They don't own the hardware business anymore , so they need to outsource their hardware manufacturing . Hardware manufactures play hardball and armtwist soft targets !

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

@Phonehex I don't think that's the case. It's more of what jellmoo said, as well as the finalizing of the software. BlackBerry has made some deep changes in their version of Android.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The manufacturing process on a unique build isn't exactly simple.

14. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I hope they do , i love convenience of hardware shortcut keys to all my apps and contacts. Will get this one . SD625 and big battery ! Should give great performance and battery life coupled with Pixel camera sensor .. Overall makes for a compelling package .

18. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

For that price, I'd rather get a OnePlus 3T, a phone with a much better internals and Fast Charging. The front of this phone is hideous.

19. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Would you get it over the OP3T if Keyone was priced at 400$ ? Thats the question on my mind.

23. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Even if it's at that price range, the 3T will still be the better phone. At least the 3T has a high-end Snapdragon 821 and a much more useful Fast Charging than anything that tiny keyboard has to offer.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I disagree. People like myself that want a KEYone want it because of what other smartphones don't offer, like the physical keyboard and the stellar software and software support. The pairing of the 625 SoC with the battery in place and BlackBerry's own power management will make for some incredible battery life, and it has Fast Charging capabilities as well.

33. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

If they added a better processor, then I would give it a pass but no, it stuck with a mid-ranged processor and at $500, you have better options. I understand that they're trying to maximize profit but the price is just bonkers.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

The midrange processor with the battery that's added and BlackBerry's power management will add something to the device that's more important to those this device is being marketed to than the latest and greatest SoC, and that's great battery life. As I said, the internals were chosen for a specific reason, and the people in the market for a KEYone can afford the price tag.

31. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You're right, @Spyro But for those (enterprises) who valor great security and swift software updates more than raw specs, the BB KEYone is a better option than the OnePlus 3T... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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