BlackBerry KEYone launches in the United States and Canada on May 31

These can be used with USA carriers. The unlocked model will work with both GSM and CDMA networks, and TCL says that Sprint will be selling the device later this summer.

April's nearly over, so where the hell is Kim Kardashian's next phone, the BlackBerry KEYone?

After a brief delay, TCL Communication and BlackBerry Limited are almost ready to begin taking preorders for the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone. The BlackBerry KeyOne will be available at Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and Telus Business, starting at $199 CAD ($146 USD) on a two-year term. The inclusion of Android on board is great (as has been the case for BlackBerry's smartphones for quite some time now), but, still, that physical keyboard just isn't something I'm looking for these days.

"BlackBerry fans in Canada will be extremely excited to have the BlackBerry KEYone available in their market", said Alex Thurber, Sr.

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"We plan to disrupt the market with a unique offering", Francois Mathieu, BlackBerry EMEA manager, told press and analysts. Though the handset will run on Android 7.1 Nougat, it'll still feature BlackBerry-made apps like BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, and Widgets.

The KEYone is a big deal for the nascent BlackBerry Mobile brand, which is putting a considerable amount of marketing power behind the phone. With a Snapdragon 625 and a 4.5-inch display, though, others who don't really have an opinion on physical vs software keyboards may not bite. "We are thrilled to be the first United Kingdom retailer to offer customers the BlackBerry KeyOne at our flagship Oxford Street store and provide them with a premium smartphone that aligns with their unique and discerning style". Up to 52 customizable shortcuts transform each letter key for quick access to your favorite apps and most important contacts. This includes emails, texts and messages from any social media account. TCL claims the phone supports 26 hours of mixed use, with 50 per cent of the battery being charged in 36 minutes. And, while there are no pricing details attached, it's useful for most people to know when and where the KeyOne will be offered.

Consumers can purchase the device in Selfridge's home and tech department for £499. If you are interested then here is what the smartphone is all about.

  • Regina Walsh