Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now offered in the U.S. via Best Buy and Amazon

The BlackBerry KEYone was one of the most underrated phones of 2017. With its fabulous QWERTY keyboard, outstanding battery life and clever design (the fingerprint scanner is embedded in the QWERTY's space bar), the KEYone is certainly not your grandpa's BlackBerry. As good as the KEYone is, BlackBerry has a phone featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard that is even better. The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition not only presents the device in a stunning black hue, it adds 33% more RAM to 4GB, and doubles storage from 32GB to 64GB.

Up until now, the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition was not available in the U.S. But we can now tell you that the unlocked version of the handset can be purchased in the states from either Best Buy or Amazon. At the former, you can pick up the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for $549.99 after a $50 price drop. Amazon also lists the phone for the same price, but has only a handful of units left in stock.

Sure, only 850,000 BlackBerry branded devices were shipped last year, but TCL/BlackBerry executives say that success should be measured in the fact that the phone is available in 50 countries, and from more than 110 carriers globally. TCL builds the hardware under license from BlackBerry, and the latter installs its version of Android on each BlackBerry Mobile phone.

source: Amazon, BestBuy

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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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27 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You can't go wrong with the KeyONE, but I don't think I can recommend it now due to the price and the upcoming devices in the future. How come they didn't release this one before? Would have made more sense to release this one sooner instead of now when the S9 is around the corner. At $500, it's not the most affordable midranger out there. Not to say that the KeyONE isn't a good phone because it really is. I think it could be better, but still good nonetheless. Note: it's GSM Unlocked, not unlocked for every carrier unfortunately.

10. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It does seem odd that it wasn't available in the US earlier. It's possible it had to do with their deal with At&t and the space black model...

13. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Right as rain, homie. AT&T has an exclusivity deal going on at the time. It’s over now, so it can be sold by others now.

14. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

https://www.phonearena.com/news/Space-Black-BlackBerry-KEYone-is-exclusive-to-AT-T-and-it-launches-today_id97664 AT&T had a lock on the KEYone in that color for a minute, but now it’s over.

20. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Venom, I completely agree with you. BB were always selling device too expensive because they think they offer something that were valuable that other dont have. BB device is not for average user. Its only for BB fans, and it won't sell much. So there wont be 3rd party support like lineageOS. With less than a million BB fans worldwide, BB sold about 850K phone a year, and they proud of it because they set their target very low.

22. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

How there won’t be third party support for BlackBerry Android phone and it use Android? To say this means that Android do not have third party support, and that is false. You cannot be taken serious since you do not know this. How there is less than one million BlackBerry fans if BlackBerry installed user base is still in millions? If you count BlackBerry fans, you must include all BlackBerry Phone in use right now. Everybody know BlackBerry is not for average user. We say that here forever now. You just help us prove our point, lol lol lol. BlackBerry also have value, or TCL, Optiemus, and BB Merah Putih would not make BlackBerry Phone. That is business 101. You say these things without research or knowledge of what you talk about.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3155; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Don't bother with DildoKet, he doesn't get it. BlackBerry cannot be rooted or have custom recovery so there will never be support for LineageOS. Let the troll live in blissful ignorance.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ was one of the best smartphones release in 2017, and the All Black Stealth Attack Edition made it even better. I’d happily tell anyone interested in one to purchase one, especially in 2018. Most 2018 devices still fall short of this amazing battery life. BlackBerry released this device after the original like LG has done with the V30 Plus, and it’s every bit worth the $499 price point when you factor in the incredible featured packed physical keyboard, outstanding security and the stellar sodftware and services that accompany this device. The KEYᵒⁿᵉ is in a class by itlsef, as it looks very different from today’s “me, too” slabs, and offers something that NO other current smartphone offers. The speedy security updates are a welcome plus, and with it being GSM unlocked, you can’t go wrong, as it can be used with any GSM Carrier, and GSM is the future, unlike CDMA. To anyone on this fence about picking up this device, I say hop that bad boy and pick this device up. You won’t regret it.

3. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Shazam!!! Where is the lie, though? I agree with everything you just posted, Big Homie. I got that Everything Black Edition KEYone jawn the moment it dropped, and I’ve been rocking it ever since.

6. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Nice. Here in Canada it sell for only $50 more factory unlocked(through Staples) than the regular model and is well worth it for the increased ram and storage IMO.

12. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Most def worth the price.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks, my dude! The KEYᵒⁿᵉ is just that good.

4. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Good post MG. Hell, you could be a commissioned salesman for BB Mobile with posts like that! And as far as the "me too" slabs go, I definitely would like to see more of that BlackBerry Ghost we saw the other day.

5. dnomadic

Posts: 426; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

"Jawn" DMV or Baltimore I presume? Never heard that term outside of the DMV.

7. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Never used the term myself. But I'm guessing you're actually replying to jplightning.

11. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Born and raised in the Chi, but now I’m based out of NY. I travel a lot, though.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3155; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Gotham via ChiRaq! With me in the 305 we just need some West Coast love. MG, you's Lone Star right?

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, I’m NYC all the way now, but I was born overseas. Loving this inter-city/state/country love going on right now!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! I’m really happy with my current career, but if they’d like to offer me a job, I’d be willing to listen to the pitch. I’m always entertaining offers, lol. The Ghost looks nice from what little we’ve seen of it. And even though I’m currently using an iPhone 8 Plus as my daily driver, I still prefer a physical keyboard to type on as opposed to glass.

23. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Very good post, Meanestgenius. I agree with you.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I always liked the KeyOne's design wish it was a slider phone and had a bigger screen. Since I'm a power user I don't think the 625 would be enough for me if it had the 660 or 835 I might have considered it.

17. SyCo87

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Can't wait for what Blackberry has in store for us in 2018. As the previous user said, with some minor tweaks in design and function, you can have another hit by simple updating the SOC from the 625 to the 660.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

The successor to the BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ is said to use the SD 660 SoC. Another hit is coming!

21. A_A_A

Posts: 225; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Not a bad device and could have had some success, but too overpriced. Should be around 399 max.

24. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

BlackBerry KEYone already have success. If not, BlackBerry Mobile/TCL would not be making successor to it.

25. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, given the lack of leaks regarding The KEYtwo (or whatever it ends up being called) couple with below average sales of just 850,000 units 'shipped' in previous year, I doubt there's a successor on the horizon. Might be wrong though! And don't take it as a 'hate crime' or a dig at your 'jawn' or 'Jane' etc. I like some variety in the market! And The KEYone definitely stand out as a sore thumb in the herd of all screen slabs. Consider it a compliment. Oh well, G'Day!

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

“Well, given the lack of leaks regarding The KEYtwo (or whatever it ends up being called) couple with below average sales of just 850,000 units 'shipped' in previous year, I doubt there's a successor on the horizon.” Every time you say nonsense like that, you get proven wrong. Aren’t you tired of being wrong all the time?

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