BlackBerry's big comeback revealed with BlackBerry KeyOne release date

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The BlackBerry KEYone, which was launched at the Mobile World Congress this year, has finally got a release date for the United States and Canada markets.

BlackBerry KEYone also known as BlackBerry "Mercury" was unveiled at MWC 2017 in the month of February. In the U.S., TCL will sell unlocked GSM and CDMA versions that can be used with U.S. carriers.

BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz and is paired with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU.

Rounding off the KeyOne's specs is a 12MP rear-facing camera, complete with phase detection autofocus, while an 8MP camera sits on the front, and features an 84-degree wide-angle lens. While no details have been shared by the carrier, the BlackBerry KEYone is now listed as "coming soon" on its website.

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Enterprise customers eager to get their hands on the new BlackBerry KEYone, with its old-fashioned hardware keyboard, will have to wait another month until its May 31 release. So the BlackBerry KeyOne is made by TCL with BlackBerry branding over the top. Also available starting May 31, the KEYone will be sold at Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and Telus Business (but not consumer) for $199 on a 2-year term, which likely translates to $699 outright. Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology enables up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes.

"Anyone who is an Android loyalist and values the mobile security and productivity that BlackBerry software brings will love this smartphone", BlackBerry's general manager of mobility solutions Alex Thurber said in a statement released today. The cleverest addition to the keyboard has to be the fingerprint scanner that's been embedded on the spacebar.

What makes the KEYone a stand out device in the already flooded smartphone market is the physical keyboard that BlackBerry handsets were once famous for. The new phone, with the iconic physical keyboard, was initially expected to go on sale in April but the company delayed the launch until May. Plus, BlackBerry has added its own security features features, making the phone secure compared to any other Android device.

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