As for the U.S., TCL today is only sharing that both GSM and CDMA unlocked variants will be available.
BlackBerry announced the KeyOne at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress in February this year, revealing a handset long teased under the codename "Mercury".
A statement from Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, expresses the company's pleasure in offering this new device. The KeyOne runs Android 7.1 Nougat and will come with BlackBerry's suite of productivity apps.
Preorders in Canada begin May 18 at select carriers, with the official launch less than two weeks later on May 31.
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"This is a BlackBerry that brings everything together", the company's Global Head of Device Portfolio Gareth Hurn said, "it is a ideal balance between style and function...it looks and feels premium".
The BlackBerry® KEYone reimagines how we communicate with a Smart Keyboard that goes beyond typing. The most obvious was the fact that the device simply didn't have the app support that BlackBerry needed to get a successful handset off the ground.
He said it's easy to predict there will be buyers for the KEYone in countries like India and Indonesia, where the BlackBerry became popular partly because of the security on its phones. Billed as a throwback to the golden generation of BlackBerry phones, the KEYone comes with the phone maker's iconic QWERTY keyboard. There's a fingerprint reader built into the space bar, too. It has a 4.5-inch FullHD IPS touchscreen, an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and 64-bit Adreno 605 GPU.
In terms of pictures, it will sport a 12MP camera (Sony IMX378 sensor) on the rear and 8MP sensor on front. A carrier deal would also put the smartphone on the map for customers who consider a phone only when they see it in a local provider's store, notes Engadget.