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BlackBerry Keyboard Returns Next Month

BlackBerry Keyboard Returns Next Month
TCL's BlackBerry KeyOne, featuring a 35-key physical keyboard, launches in the U.S. and Canada in May.

(CCM) — A Blackberry smartphone with a physical keyboard will be bursting onto the market next month in the form of the BlackBerry KeyOne, manufacturer TCL announced today. In a nod to Blackberry's Canadian heritage, the new smartphone will be available for purchase in Canada first, with pre-ordering available from May 18, 2017. It will then be available unlocked in the U.S. from May 31, 2017, priced at $549, and compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks.

Aside from the physical keyboard, the KeyOne will come pre-loaded with Android 7.1 Nougat, featuring a 4.5-inch touchscreen, the same 12 MP camera as Google's Pixel smartphone, and BlackBerry's suite of productivity and security software. The 35-key keyboard has a built-in backlight for low-light usage and now has a fingerprint sensor cleverly located in the space bar. The phone also has a huge 3,505 mAh battery, which should ensure that the KeyOne lasts the best part of a day, even under heavy usage.

Image: © TCL.
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