After being made official at the Mobile World Congress last month, Blackberry fans have been patiently awaiting the launch of the KEYone in US and Canada. After being delayed, we just found out it will be heading to North America mid-April and will sport some pretty good specs for a Blackberry.
The BlackBerry KEYone will be an affordable mid-ranger and will appeal to loyal enthusiasts. It’ll sport a 4.5-inch display and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 Soc. At first sight, you’ll notice the large keyboard which is more reminiscent of the original Blackberry’s, but offers much more functionality based on what’s underneath.
The KEYone will have gesture support and owners can program up to 52 customizable apps. These apps can be launched without having to touch the screen and users will appreciate the modern technology as it’s outfitted with a fingerprint scanner built right into the space bar.
Blackberry is hoping the KEYone will continue to move them in the right direction as recent sales have helped turn around the past couple of years. Last year, Blackberry recorded a $47 million dollar net loss which is still in the red, but down significantly from the $238 million they lost the previous year.
BlackBerry KEYone Specs, Features, and Price
- 4.5″ display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Soc
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB native storage
- 12 megapixel primary camera
- 8 megapixel front camera
- 3505 mAh battery
- Android 7.0 pre-installed
At the time of launch, the US BlackBerry KEYone price will come in at $549. Those in Canada will have a similar price tag and all the top carriers are expected to have the KEYone at the time of launch.