BlackBerry KEYOne finally goes on sale in the US. The handset is now available online via Sprint.com. Users can also contact Sprint Customer care to place the order. Also, Sprint said that the BlackBerry KeyOne will arrive at physical stores later this month.
“We are pleased to bring BlackBerry back into our device portfolio and we believe the BlackBerry KEYone will be a hit with our customers. It pairs perfectly with Unlimited Freedom, giving Sprint customers the convenience of unlimited data on an incredibly powerful and security-conscious smartphone,” said Roger Sole, Sprint Chief Marketing Officer.
Starting today i.e 14th of July, interested customers can buy the BlackBerry KeyOne from Sprint for 18 monthly payments of $22, or a full price of $528.
TCL announced its first BlackBerry smartphone with the BlackBerry KEYone during MWC 2017. The handset features the trademark QWERTY keypad as the Chinese manufacturer seeks to revive the BlackBerry brand. TCL now has the official rights to sell BlackBerry-branded handsets. The Chinese company struck a brand-licensing deal with the Canadian manufacturer back in December 2016.
The smartphone features a 4.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1620×1080 pixels and a pixel density of 433 ppi. Under the hood, the BlackBerry KEYone gets powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor bundled with 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with 32GB of built-in storage which is further expandable up to 2TB via microSD slot.
As far as cameras go, the handset features a 12MP primary camera along with an 8MP front-facing shooter for selfies. While juicing up the smartphone is a 3505mAh non-removable battery. The device runs Android 7.1 out-of-the-box.
Connectivity options on the phone include a single SIM, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, 3G, and 4G. The handset also packs a slew of sensors such as Compass, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, and Gyroscope. The spacebar on the physical keyboard also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. Also, individual alphabets can be assigned as shortcuts to open apps. Not to forget, the BlackBerry KEYOne comes with the DTEK app, which offers an added layer of security on the phone.