BlackBerry KEYone sales delayed a month to meet demand

He also tweeted that production of the KEYone was underway, "but we want to be certain we can meet our customer demands..."

Unveiled in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the KEYone is the first smartphone to come out under a new brand- and device-licensing strategy announced by BlackBerry in September.

For those in Canada, the device will be available for purchase through Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business. Details are scarce, with TCL only announcing unlocked GSM and CDMA variants will be available at that time, with availability directly from carriers, including Sprint, planned for "later this summer". Manufactured by TCL Communication, the KEYone runs Android 7.1 on a 4.5-inch 1620×1080 display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB of RAM. From our time with the KEYone, the keyboard seems to be the well made and responsive, and with customizable shortcuts for 52 different keys, you'll certainly be able to put it to work for you.

The specifications are solid if unspectacular, but its two features that hardcore BlackBerry fans will love are its comparatively long battery life and QWERTY keyboard.

Latest update on April 27, 2017 at 07:53 AM by PaulRubens.

BlackBerry KeyOne is the big comeback for everyone's favorite (and pretty much only) option for a smartphone with a tactile physical keyboard.

"We want to congratulate BlackBerry Mobile on the United Kingdom launch of the BlackBerry KeyOne", said Bosse Myhr, Selfridges Director of Technology, Home and Menswear.

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The cameras appeared decent from what I saw - the 12-megapixel camera on the back uses the same image sensor as the Google Pixel.

In September a year ago BlackBerry announced it had stopped making phones.

The storage is of 32GB, expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card.

It may have technically exited the mobile hardware market, but BlackBerry Ltd. appears to have high hopes for its first externally-developed mobile device. It is backed up by a 3505 mAh battery and has QuickCharge 3.0 with a "Boost" charging feature that gives 50 percent charge in "roughly 36 minutes".

  • Joe Gonzales