TCL sees "plenty of interest" in the BlackBerry KEYone

TCL sees "plenty of interest" in the BlackBerry KEYone
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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KEYone
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1620 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo

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95 Comments

36. Granite44

Posts: 2; Member since: May 20, 2017

I'm buying it unlocked for CDMA (Verizon) as soon as 5/31 gets here! I have been waiting 6 YEARS for them to finally make this! Just 11 more days!

25. Chuck007

Posts: 1422; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I say good for them. It's one of those few phones that looks nothing like he competition.

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

This is my next phone 100 percent. Can't wait to sell my S7 Edge. I don't need high end processors or gimmick features that eat away battery.

26. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

No, but it wouldn't be the case here since the KeyONE doesn't have a QHD screen. It could have had a better processor.

27. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

The 625 SoC was chosen for a specific reason, mxyzptlk (Yes, you are mxyzptlk. So is this Tony_Stark person. You make yourself too obvious when you make new fake account). This phone is about being productive, not playing latest intensive graphic game or watching video.

29. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I didn't ask you, meanestgenius.

31. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

So now you try to say that I am Meanestgenius because you are mxyzptlk fake account #12? Lol lol lol. Everybody here know that I am not him. Everybody here also know that you are fake account from mxyzptlk, just like tony stark account is fake account from mxyzptlk. Do not try to project your arte800 multiple fake account ways onto me. Btw, Buffalo Sauce did not ask you either, mxyzptlk.

33. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm sorry, was I supposed to say that out loud? I'm not a fake account. This is the real deal, meanestgenius.

35. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol. You are mad because everybody know that you fake account by mxyzptlk, and I am one and only MDCHO. Here is red cape now you can be super mad, mxyzptlk.

38. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

No thanks, I'll let you keep it. You need it more than I do, meanest. Besides, I'm not a fake account.

40. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol. I cannot keep what is already in your possession, mxyzptlk. You are fake account, just like your tony stark account that you just deactivate because everybody know it was you.

42. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not a fake account. How many times do I have to tell you that, MG?

44. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol. You can say it until the ear of the cosmos bleed, but that will not make it true, mxyzptlk.

45. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Ok, I will, meanestgenius.

48. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I know you will, mxyzptlk. You cannot help but lie. That is why you lie about your Flash account not being a faux account.

49. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Ok meanest. I'm not a faux account still.

52. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Saying the lie that I am Meanestgenius will not change the fact you are mxyzptlk faux account.

54. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Denial is not just a river in Egypt, meanestgenius.

56. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You know this well because you have been constantly denying that you really are mxyzptlk. Now you try and project your denial onto me.

57. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Well you have been doing it over and over again. You respond when he responds. Exactly at the same time frame. I don't believe in coincidence, meanestgenius

60. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I deny all lie. You deny all truth. Is your nature to be a liar. Point in case: I just respond to you now. Second point in case: There was a time when you and I comment against each other at almost the same time. Does that make you and I the same person? No. It cannot. I am intelligent, honest person. You are lying troll with many fake account. Everyone know this about you, mxyzptlk.

63. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol, don't try to cover it up now after I called you out on it. We are obviously not the same, so don't even try it. You're meanestgenius.

66. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol. Do not try and backtrack now that I prove your fake theory to be the bulls**t. You are mxyzptlk. Everybody knows this. That is why even your "friend" darkkjedii say that you are mxyzptlk. That is why aeglish say you are mxyzptlk. So many others like sissy know you have fake batmite account as well. You only lie and say I am Meanestgenius because you want to take the spotlight off of your fake account that you are using now.

68. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You are crying because I exposed you. No need to be in denial of the truth. This isn't a fake account, but I guess you would know being a fake account yourself.

72. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol. You project big time because everyone expose you to be mxyzptlk, and because I throw the bulls**t on your fake theory. Now you cry like baby because you are exposed.

75. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

And I exposed you to being meanestgenius. You're welcome.

78. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol. Meanestgenius already make you expose yourself as mxyzptlk in this article. Now you project because you try to deflect. But it is too late. You reveal yourself already like a baby caught with his hand in cookie jar.

82. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

If that's what you want to believe.

85. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I believe the truth. You believe your own lies.

86. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I believe that you are projecting.

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