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New BlackBerry smartphone with physical keyboard to hit Canadian stores in May

30 April 2017

Preorders for the BlackBerry KEYone are set for May 18th, while the release date will be on May 31st.

In Canada, the handset will available via Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business starting at $199 on a two-year contract.

The BlackBerry KeyOne is finally available for pre-ordering and it begins May 18, 2017, in most markets.

In December 2016, the Ontario-based BlackBerry licensed the right to manufacture its hardware to Chinese electronic company TCL, though Blackberry is still behind the scenes working on the software. On the other hand, BlackBerry has entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Optiemus Infracom Ltd for the production of future BlackBerry Android handsets in India.

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BlackBerry Mobile has begun shipping its first post-BlackBerry phone in the United Kingdom today, although fans will need to cross their fingers and pop into Selfridges' Oxford Street store in London to find one. However, BlackBerry does have a market of niche users who would love to buy this smartphone as it offers many "classic" elements including a physical keyboard. 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.

It's being dubbed the world's most secure Android phone, runs Android 7.1 Nougat with Google Assistant, and has the same camera sensor at the Google Pixel. This includes BlackBerry® Hub which brings all your messages into one consolidated place. It also comes with the usual selection of BlackBerry software preinstalled, including BBM and BlackBerry's DTEK software, which is created to keep the phone running quickly and smoothly.

BlackBerry KEYone is going to be the last smartphone designed by BlackBerry, as in September previous year the company had announced to give away the license for designing and producing smartphones to its partner TCL. BlackBerry boasts 26 hours of battery life with mixed use, due to its 3,505mAh battery. Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology enables up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes.

Bolted on the back is a 12MP rear camera, with 8MP on the front.

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New BlackBerry smartphone with physical keyboard to hit Canadian stores in May