We have not heard a whole lot from BlackBerry lately, but if you're rooting for the Canadian smartphone maker, you'll be happy to know that it has not thrown in the towel.
April's nearly over, so where the hell is Kim Kardashian's next phone, the BlackBerry KEYone? This enticing handset pairs BlackBerry's iconic physical keyboard with the latest-and-greatest Android operating system, and a solid, no-nonsense list of specifications.
Consumers in Canada will be able to get their hands on the BlackBerry KEYone by the end of next month.
The phone will first show up for pre-order in Canada on May 18 for $199 with a two year contract, from carriers such as Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS Business, Bell and Bell MTS. The KEYone's keyboard offers 52 customizable shortcuts that "transform each letter key for quick access to your favorite apps and most important contacts", the company claims. TCL claims the phone supports 26 hours of mixed use, with 50 per cent of the battery being charged in 36 minutes.
It runs Android 7.1 Nougat and is heavily customised with BlackBerry's user interface and apps, including BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Hub and DTEK security. For times when you have to take a video conference on the go, the device includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus, LCD Flash, and 84-degree wide angle lens. It has a 1620x1080 resolution, which works out to 434 pixels per inch, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with Adreno 506 graphics.
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