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TCL sees "plenty of interest" in the BlackBerry KEYone

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Last December, TCL announced that it worked out a licensing deal with BlackBerry. Basically, BlackBerry provides the software and TCL does all the rest. The latest 'Berry handset is the BlackBerry KEYone. While BlackBerry has seen its share of the smartphone market drop to a number so low that it can't be imagined, any rebound could start with the KEYone. This is a gorgeous looking handset featuring a physical keyboard that recalls the fretted QWERTY board on the BlackBerry Bold 9000.

While the physical keyboard is the eye candy here, the one feature that everyone is talking about happens to be the outstanding battery life. Thanks to the use of the Snapdragon 625 chipset, this phone sips energy and doesn't guzzle it. Take the unique style of the KEYone, add the usefulness of the physical keyboard, include the long lasting battery life and you have a handset that is seeing a great deal of interest, according to TCL. The unlocked version of the phone for those in the U.S., will be available from BlackBerry on May 31st priced at $549. Carrier versions will be available later in the summer with Sprint expected to be first in line.

In Canada however (which happens to be where BlackBerry hangs its hat), carrier sales will begin on May 31st, and pre-orders start today at Rogers. Other Canadian operators like Bell, Bell MTS, SaskTel, and Telus will start to take reservations for the phone soon. Depending on the specific two-year plan that is contracted for, the KEYone can cost up to $200 on a subsidized basis in Canada. Rogers has a no-term contract price of $679 CAD ($500 USD). Bell and Bell MTS will be offering the KEYone for a cash price of $699.99 CAD ($515 USD).

The BlackBerry KEYone features a 4.5-inch LCD display, carrying a 1080 x 1620 resolution. The aforementioned Snapdragon 625 chipset contains an octa-core 2GHz CPU and the Adreno 506 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. A 12MP rear-facing camera comes with an aperture of f/2.0. There is no OIS to be found here. The wide angle 8MP front-facing camera snaps selfies and video chats, and the 3505mAh battery is hard to kill. The device also employs Quick Charge 3.0 to replenish half of the battery's capacity in just 30-minutes. The fingerprint scanner is cleverly embedded in the keyboard's space bar, and Android 7.1.1 is pre-installed.

Check out our review of the BlackBerry KEYone by clicking on this link.

source: BlackBerry

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posted on 18 May 2017, 12:49 7

1. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Such an awesome looking handset that's chock full of productivity. Can't wait to get mine.

posted on 18 May 2017, 20:12 2

23. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2939; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I have never owned a BB device, but this could be my first one.
After seeing lots of positive reviews, and with that INSANE battery life, it's too hard to pass up.
Also I really like unique looking phones.

That said, I can see why you really like this phone meanest. Cheers

posted on 18 May 2017, 20:44 2

24. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Absolutely. I love the design of this handset, and battery life is one of my top two concerns about a smartphone. The KEYone ticks all of the boxes for me.

posted on 18 May 2017, 12:51

2. JcHnd (Posts: 178; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Thats great, it looks like a solid product, hopefully we can get the Priv 2 sometime in the future

posted on 18 May 2017, 12:56 4

3. MDCHO (Posts: 468; Member since: 28 Jul 2016)


I am impatiently waiting for the BlackBerry KEYone.

posted on 18 May 2017, 13:08 3

4. jplightning (Posts: 290; Member since: 04 Nov 2016)


Me too, homie! This sweet jawn can't come here soon enough! Gonna feel the ambiance of the KEYone when I cop it and drink it in, maaaaaaaaaaannnnnn!

posted on 18 May 2017, 13:10 1

5. Joosty (Posts: 231; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Lol this phone is more than the U11, now sit back, and think about that for a second

posted on 18 May 2017, 13:17 3

6. MDCHO (Posts: 468; Member since: 28 Jul 2016)


Lol lol lol. HTC fan is angry that U11 is DOA, so he come to troll BlackBerry article about the KEYone.

posted on 18 May 2017, 15:36

20. Joosty (Posts: 231; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Not trolling, looking at facts. HTC Fan yes, Actually, my first smartphone was a blackberry.

And this was typed from my iPhone 6S...

think about that for a second MDCHO. Use your brain.

posted on 18 May 2017, 15:53 3

22. MDCHO (Posts: 468; Member since: 28 Jul 2016)


But you don't say anything that is fact. You look at falsehood. What you say is incorrect concerning price of KEYone and U11. The U11 is more expensive.

You using iPhone 6S does not mean you are not HTC fanboy that make troll comment. Your comment is troll comment because you post incorrect information about price.

Take your own advice and use your brain to do research first before making comment, Joosty.

posted on 18 May 2017, 13:28 4

7. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You sure? Because according to this article, the HTC U11 costs $100 MORE than the BlackBerry KEYone.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-U11-price-release-date-and-carrier-availability_id94082

posted on 18 May 2017, 15:38

21. Joosty (Posts: 231; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I stand corrected. $549 for Keyone, $650 for U11.

$599 for U11 if pre-ordered.

posted on 18 May 2017, 13:47 3

9. Tony_Stark (unregistered)


I think they overpriced the KeyONE. It shouldn't be over $500. Realistically, it should probably only be about $349. Maybe $399.

posted on 18 May 2017, 14:54 2

15. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2084; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Of course it's overpriced. And it should be universally unlocked for that "exorbitant" price too.

posted on 18 May 2017, 14:58 4

18. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


New faux account, same old mxyzptlk comments. But he thinks that he's fooling everyone when he says he's not mxyzptlk.

posted on 20 May 2017, 08:34

28. Flash (Posts: 1079; Member since: 19 May 2017)


I see that you are being argumentative here as well.

posted on 20 May 2017, 09:52

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, I see that you deactivated your Tony_Stark faux account, and have now gone to using your Flash faux account, mxyzptlk. You're too obvious.

posted on 20 May 2017, 12:58

32. Flash (Posts: 1079; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Man you are clearly obsessed, aegislash. Lol, this is pure gold. I can't deny that I'm getting a good laugh here at your expense.

posted on 20 May 2017, 14:27

34. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Actually, the only ones getting a good laugh at anyone's expense is us at the expense of you, mxyzptlk. Especially since we are all lomfao at you with your multiple account tirade, lol.

posted on 21 May 2017, 11:48

37. Flash (Posts: 1079; Member since: 19 May 2017)


You really need to hurry up and "cop that jawn" when it releases. Lol, your structure is pretty awful.

posted on 21 May 2017, 12:09

39. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You really need to hurry up and seek medical attention for your multiple account troll disorder. It's becoming more and more pathetic with each comment you make, mxyzptlk.

posted on 21 May 2017, 18:19

41. Flash (Posts: 1079; Member since: 19 May 2017)


So says the guy who has multiple aliases.

posted on 21 May 2017, 20:37

43. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Why yes, you are the guy with multiple aliases who's "saying" something. So glad you admitted it, mxyzptlk.

posted on 22 May 2017, 11:41

46. Flash (Posts: 1079; Member since: 19 May 2017)


You are aware I was referring to you, right? Do you not understand what I am saying?

posted on 22 May 2017, 12:35

47. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm aware that you were really referring to yourself, mxyzptlk. Do you not understand what I'M saying?

posted on 23 May 2017, 05:05

50. Flash (Posts: 1079; Member since: 19 May 2017)


You're the one with the faux accounts. Do you understand what you are saying?

posted on 23 May 2017, 06:10

51. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, says the guy that keeps making and deactivating faux accounts. You're not fooling anyone.

posted on 23 May 2017, 12:25

53. Flash (Posts: 1079; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Yet here I am still. I told you I'm not a faux account. Not like your jplightning account.

posted on 23 May 2017, 13:28

55. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Yes, we all know that you're still here, mxyzptlk. You've made that obvious with your multiple faux accounts because I made you deactivate your mxyzptlk and Tony_Stark accounts.

posted on 23 May 2017, 15:30

58. Flash (Posts: 1079; Member since: 19 May 2017)


You didn't make anyone do anything. Stop with the pathological lying, jpalpha.

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