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

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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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