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BlackBerry KEYOne launches in the U.S.

by Josh Levenson | May 31, 2017May 31, 2017 11:30 am PDT

BlackBerry has launched its latest smartphone, the KEYOne, in the United States. The handset is available to purchase through Amazon and Best Buy for $549.99, which is a pretty big ask for a smartphone that packs mediocre internals.

Under the hood, you’ll find a 4.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 825 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP selfie shooter and a 3,505mAh battery that features Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

The pièce de résistance, however, is the KEYOne’s physical keyboard, which also acts as a cursor and a fingerprint reader. Granted, there isn’t a huge market for Android smartphones with keyboards — but this is as good as they come.

“Anyone who is an Android loyalist and values the mobile security and productivity that BlackBerry software brings will love this smartphone,” said Alex Thurber, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

There are two unlocked variants available in the U.S.

There are two unlocked variants of the KEYOne available in the United States: one optimized for GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, and another for CDMA carriers (we’re looking at you Verizon). Once again, both carry a price tag of $549.99.

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Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...