BlackBerry KEYone QWERTY Android Smartphone Will Go on Sale on May 31

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We're nearing the arrival of the BlackBerry KeyOne in North America.

Vodafone UK has also confirmed that it will be selling the BlackBerry KEYone "soon".

The phone will also sell in the U.S. with TCL gearing up to sell unlocked CDMA and GSM versions.

It is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 625), Adreno 506 GPU and complimented with 3GB of RAM.

Customers can walk into the flagship Selfridges store on Oxford Street and purchase a BlackBerry KEYone for £499, starting today.

There's also a 12-megapixel camera on the rear using the Sony IMX378 camera sensor - that's the same snapper fitted within the brilliant Google Pixel.

What do you think of the BlackBerry KeyOne? This enticing handset pairs BlackBerry's iconic physical keyboard with the latest-and-greatest Android operating system, and a solid, no-nonsense list of specifications.

Preorders for the BlackBerry KEYone are set for May 18th, while the release date will be on May 31st. The smart keyboard, which responds to touch gestures, can be programmed to launch up to 52 customisable shortcuts, and a fingerprint scanner built into the space bar.

Obviously, things like battery life are still up in the air as far as real life usage goes, but overall the KEYone at least appears to be one of the best - if not the best - BlackBerry in years. Sure, it runs Android 7.1 Nougat and it's got a touchscreen, but it's still got a bunch of BlackBerry software, and again, that keyboard. The device will be available from Canadian carriers Bell, Bell MTS, Rgers, SaskTel and TELUS Business for CAD $199 (around US$146) with a two-year contract, according to TCL's press release.

So, BlackBerry is hoping that this phone not only pulls in those who still pine for a physical keyboard, but also those Android die-hards who wouldn't mind having a bit of BlackBerry flair to their phone.

Unveiled in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the KEYone is the first smartphone to come out under a new brand- and device-licensing strategy announced by BlackBerry in September.

Other long standing BlackBerry features to make their way across to the KeyOne include the company's security features.

The smartphone is backed by a 3505mAh battery and comes with QuickCharge 3.0 support along with a "Boost" charging feature.

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