BlackBerry KEYone registration page goes live in the U.S. and Canada


BlackBerry officially unveiled the KEYOne today in Barcelona, and even if the name doesn't meet with your approval, be thankful that it wasn't called the DTEK70. The phone will be released in April. In the U.S. and Canada, BlackBerry has put up a registration page that will allow those interested in the KEYone to get "first access" to purchase the handset. The page asks consumers to reveal the carrier they use, and also asks if those filling out the form have ever owned a BlackBerry handset before. 

The BlackBerry KEYone is priced in the U.S. at $549, which converts to $719 CAD. The handset features a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1620. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 625 SoC, which features an octa-core 2GHz CPU and the Adreno 506 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. A 2TB capacity microSD slot is available for those seeking additional storage.          

The 12MP rear-facing camera uses the same Sony IMX378 sensor employed by the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The 8MP front-facing camera on the KEYone sports the same Samsung S5K4H8 or Omnivision OV8856 found on the two Pixel variants. A 3505mAh battery promises all-day battery life, and the phone charges to 50% in about 36-minutes. Android 7.1 is pre-installed.               

The KEYone is not designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the LG G6. This is a phone for the business and enterprise set, and for those who love the idea of having a fantastic physical QWERTY keyboard to type on. If you are interested in the BlackBerry KEYone, click on the appropriate sourcelink and submit your registration. 

source:  BlackBerry (U.S.), (Canada) via  MobileSyrup

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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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21 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm happy that BlackBerry Mobile/TCL aren't making any presumptions about this handset. They know who they want to market it to, and why. They know it's a niche product, and even admitted it. They are pushing it towards government and enterprise, and at the $550 price point (much cheaper than the PRIV, when launched), it's suited well for them. It's a business phone, and not suited for the average, every day consumer. Now shut up, sign me up for this gorgeous handset, and take my money!

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Look at this fascinating thing... Mid-range chip for the price of a flagship, complete with an antique analogue 'typewriter' and mediocre screen to body ratio... Notnto mention the weird screen resolution which might be troubling in watching videos... What's not to like, eh? Anyhow, compared to the leaked renders of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8, this phone look quite dorky while at the same time quite old and obsolete (As opposed to retro)... I can definitely see some people getting excited over its physical keyboard for no apparent reason, but unless you're a heavy duty texter who is almost always texting, even while driving around (Not something I'd recommend) there's little to no use to lug around this antiquated 'typewriter with a screen' and its extra heft... I've given up on physical keyboards. Of course they seem to be a bit more precise compared to virtual ones. But with modern auto correct and predictive text, this mean absolutely nothing. Besides, you can type faster on the virtual ones...! Oh well, G'Day!

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Character... Green, people will buy this phone for their character... Well... If you want character, get rid of your smartphone and buy yourself a nice gold tipped fountain pen. Write letters to your friends instead of texts worth cute emojies. Then they'll have somrthing to hold on to... And when you die, they'll have something to keep as your memoir... I'm a fountain pen collector. And nothing can beat them when it comes to sheer character... Your writing is unique to you... Bloody character from a smartphone, Ha! G'Day! (Btw, I wrote this while post with my auto correctbturned off. How many mistakes do you see?)

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Let me be clear and get directly to the point: You have become a bitter old troll now. Instead of using the wisdom that comes with your age to impart pearls of knowledge on the younger generation, you have chosen to become a troll lurking around BlackBerry articles to make willfully ignorant statements. It's pathetic. I'd tell you to grow up, but if you get any older you'll turn to dust. I used to be amused by our conversations, but now I just feel pity for you. So, unless you actually have something meaningful and educated to add to the conversation, DO NOT EVER respond to me again. Good riddance.

15. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! Ya layeth the Smack-it! Down-it! on a trolll right there, big homie!

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Talking to yourself again, "homie?"

19. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Nada! I'm chattin' it up wit' ya pops. We all know who ya daddy is 'round these parts. Ahahahahahaha! Now stay off my eggplant, yo! You stay checkin' for me like pup in heat lookin' for a fix.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You should consider getting a psychologist.

21. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ya should consider takin' ya own advice,"batmite".

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Snapdragon 625 for $720 Canadian dollars : what's not to like? In all seriousness, this is DOA. You can get the Axon 7 for less than $500 CAD and it's better than this phone in literally every way (except the battery and camera). I wish Blackberry the best, but didn't they learn their mistakes from the Priv?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I think G6 with SD821 at flagship price is bad enough... then, this one use low-end processor, lol..

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

G6 is a flagship. This is not.

7. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

With the Blackberry Dtek60 currently selling for $597 Canadian Dollars, I can see what you're saying to a degree. This new phone is a totally different animal though, targeting a totally different user base. I'ts definitely not a mainstream phone for everyone. As long as TCL has a realistic sales target I think they could do just fine as is.

8. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

And I remember, the Priv's price was was much higher - $899 CAD at launch.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry has ZERO CONTROL over the pricing now, remember? This is TCL handling the pricing. BlackBerry only supplies the software and security, and ensures the build quality. TCL handles everything else.

10. chadcy

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Just imagine if this device was lower than $400, say 375 or 350 or even 399USD. This would have been one of the highest selling mid range devices to date. I was so ready to pay that for this phone since it does look nice and has a unique design. smh.

11. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

"This would have been one of the highest selling mid range devices to date" LOL, no it wouldn't. You need to keep in mind that very few people are interested in a phone with a physical keyboard, let alone one priced like a flagship with midrange specs.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup. That pricing is going to kill it. Blackberry has not learned a thing from their last two flagship phones.

3. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

Big mistake that thy did not go larger in display or at least to have 2 variants. Let's hope that TCL will announce in 2017 a passport style device with 5.5” 3:2 Screen, DSFA, SD 835 CPU, 6GB Ram, 128GB storage. It would be a killer smart phone for business use. I am waiting for that as many others end even if it cost 1000$ it will be a fantastic choice for business users. Do you want to have a look in a KeyOne with 5 and 5.5” 3:2 screen size click on the link below. postimg.org/image/jg1c2g8cp/

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

5.5inch with physical keyboard with similar design will be as big as 6inch smartphone.. it won't sell

6. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I have a completely different opinions it would attract large screen android business users that largerer screen is a necessity on the road.They They would easily replace their 6" device with a larger keyone.

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