We had heard a lot about the KEYone from BlackBerry even before the company officially unveiled it. Alongside the typical leaks, even TCL executives were teasing the device on Twitter before the big announcement. Not everyone liked how the BlackBerry Priv tucked its keyboard behind the screen and some die hard BlackBerry fans scoffed at the DTEK series since they used an onscreen keyboard. But now the KEYone is official and it’s coming to Canada next month.
The company first launched the KEYone at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and it was pretty well received except for the price point. Many people in our comments section didn’t think a phone with the Snapdragon 625 SoC was worth $550, even with the famed BlackBerry keyboard. Mario spoke about the device a little bit later and agreed that it clearly was not a phone for the enthusiast, but this was okay and that it could still see success within the BlackBerry community.
The device was said to be launched in early April but it looks like BlackBerry’s home country will not receive it until next month. TCL has announced they’re bringing the KEYone to Canada next month and it will be available at Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS. They didn’t announce the full retail price that it will be sold for in the country, but we have been told it will be priced at $200 CAD with a 2-year contract at the mentioned wireless carriers. The specifics and fine prints may vary between them, so it is always a good idea to confirm from your carrier.
Pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone will be made available starting May 18th from “select partners”. With BlackBerry originating from Canada, TCL is hoping that the launch will be successful for them as it combines the traditional keyboard BlackBerry fans love with a very secure Android platform experience.