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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116 Comments

47. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Not a single BB phone in the last 5 years had decent battery life. Even the priv with 3400 Mah had atrocious battery life

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

The PRIV has a 3410 battery, and you have no idea what you're talking about. The PRIV has great battery life, and so does the DTEK60 and the Passport and Classic. And this is coming from real life usage, not BS battery benchmarks that have already been proven to not be accurate.

65. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Right? Phonehex obviously has never actually used a BB device as a daily driver over the past 5 years. I was blown away by how long my Passport's battery would last.

77. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. His comment proved that he's ignorant when it comes to their usage.

78. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I used the Z10 , Z30 , Classic and finally the priv as my daily driver till the S7 Edge. None of the above phones could last me a day.

80. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

I could understand the Z10. But Z30 and Classic? Especially Z30. Sorry. Not buying it. I have NEVER heard or read of anyone having a battery that didn't last with the Z30 or Classic.

81. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

You're literally the only person I have ever come across that have said the Z30 and Classic have bad battery life. I've owned multiple Classics and Passports since their release, and every single time I've had great battery life. I've had three different PRIV's, one had bad battery life, and the other two were fine.

106. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They don't understand the concept of ymmv. I don't see anything out of the realm of possibility of having bad battery life, Phonehex.

113. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

You don't understand the concept of actual usage of a device, and research. Which isn't out of the realm of possibility, considering the comments that you make.

64. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

My Passport lasted 2 days, sending and receiving hundreds of emails and texts per day, and I used it as my music player as well. My Classic comfortably lasted a day, with 20-25% left at the end of the day, under the same type of usage as the Passport. My PRIV, was at about 10% by the time I went to sleep, under the same usage as well.

42. Rydsmith unregistered

While I understand that this phone will serve a very niche market, this truly is quite frustrating. I was looking forward to replace my iPhone 7 (work phone) with this in April. It would have been a win-win for me as I could use it when I go to London at the start of May (as it is unlocked) and would have had a strong productive device. This news however will have me just going with the S8. Currently AT&T is running the BOGO on the Galaxy S8 which I already have pre-ordered for my personal line. I will just go ahead and use the BOGO for both personal and work and get two S8's. I'll then pay them off and unlock them. By selling my iPhone 7 (work) and S7E (personal) the out of pocket expense will be rather small.

50. gvanc

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Once again, another let down and disappointment from BB before the phone is released. Was waiting on phone but now considering the S8 or another readily available phone. Not to mention we do not even know what US carriers will have/or allow the phone in their networks. They have learned anything from prior mis-steps.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

It already has the support for radios for GSM carriers.

82. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

It has the right frequencies to run on most GSM networks around the world, T-Mobile USA and AT&T as well.

107. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It won't be universally unlocked, so don't expect blackberry to support CDMA carriers.

114. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

The KEYone has a CDMA variant, so we can absolutely expect BlackBerry Mobile/TCL(not BlackBerry, they don't build hardware anymore)to support CDMA carriers with it.

51. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

I've always enjoyed the physical keyboard of BlackBerries. And... they had good battery, never overheated or exploded, never cracked the screen on me...

57. gvanc

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Support for GSM yes, no announcements from US Carriers.

59. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

"Cistulli said the unlocked model of the phone will work on all four US carriers." It's in a PC Magazine article titled "Hands On: BlackBerry 'Mercury' Becomes KeyOne".

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

"No announcements by US carriers" yet doesn't mean no announcement ever. And as Nate has posted in his comment #59, the unlocked model will work on all four carriers.

58. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

Use that extra time to put an extra GB of RAM in it. :) I don't mind waiting as long as it's a quality product in the end.

61. Sector9

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I used to own a Blackberry Z30 and loved the phone. When the Priv came out I was ready to switch to the android platform. Unfortunately, Verizon didn't release the phone until months later and I lost interest. I really want a Keyone, I just hopeTCL doesn't keep pushing the release date further and further out. They need to release it soon while everyone is still talking about it.

63. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

April fools?

83. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

http://crackberry.com/blackberry-keyone-availability-update Steve Cistulli, the president and GM of TCL Communications, clears the air about the KEYone availability: "Cistulli expands on the availability question explaining that excitement for the KEYone was beyond initial expectations. While production is underway, BlackBerry Mobile wants to assure the demand is met with adequate supply and for this reason, expected availability for North America is May." "From the different meetups and press gatherings around the BlackBerry KEYone, it's been clear how deliberate this device is to its audience. It's an intentional handset not meant to compete with other Android slabs fighting for the latest specs. Rushing it to market won't service its fan base, although that base is eagerly awaiting a new flagship QWERTY handset." Both excerpts are taken from the link I just provided. Makes a lot of sense.

115. gvanc

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Too late! I have already pre-ordered the Samsung S8+. They announced a pre-order program, and I will receive the phone on 4/21. I was hopeful about BB making a comeback and this phone, but they cannot even get information out, so count me out: too little too late.

116. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pro tip: I don't care what device you pre-ordered, and I never will. You're welcome.
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