The new BlackBerry KEYone is now available to purchase in the U.K., exclusively from Selfridges on Oxford Street, London, for a limited time. The handset makes its official debut next Friday, May 5, at which point you’ll be able to grab one from most carriers and smartphone retailers. BlackBerry has also confirmed a release date for the U.S. and Canada.
It’s been a long wait for the KEYone, which got its first unveiling at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona way back in February. Long-time BlackBerry fans have been eagerly anticipating this device, which finally combines Android with that traditional BlackBerry design featuring a full physical keyboard fixed beneath the smartphone’s display.
The KEYone, which is manufactured by BlackBerry partner TCL Communications, also boasts a Snapdragon 625 processor, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3,505mAh battery. It ships with Android 7.1 Nougat pre-installed, alongside features like the BlackBerry Hub and DTEK security.
In the U.K., the KEYone is priced at £499 (approx. $645) off-contract, which makes it significantly cheaper than the latest handsets from rivals like Apple, Google, LG, and Samsung. If you live in London, you can buy yours today from Selfridges on Oxford Street, but BlackBerry warns that only limited quantities of the device are available for now.
On May 5, you will be able to get the KEYone across the U.K. from retailers like Carphone Warehouse. Carriers will also be supporting it, with Vodafone already advertising the handset on its website ahead of next week’s launch.
For those in the U.S. and Canada, KEYone will be available on May 31.
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