BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK
It seems that BlackBerry has made good on its promise to release the KEYone in May. Originally scheduled for April, the KEYone was delayed by a month to satisfy the "overwhelmingly positive response" to the handset (and likely to avoid going head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S8, too). Now, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is the latest to begin accepting pre-orders for the device, and it has provided a specific delivery date: May 5, 2017.
The BlackBerry KEYone is an Android Nougat smartphone with one very distinctive feature: a physical QWERTY keyboard. It should be appreciated mostly by BlackBerry fans who prefer tactile keys over touchscreen ones. Aside from the keyboard, the KEYone is a generally ordinary, mid-range device. It has a 4.5-inch 1620x1080 screen, powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and 3 GB of RAM. The handset includes 32 GB of storage, half of what other flagship phones feature.
BlackBerry did somewhat better with the KEYone's main camera. It has the same high-quality sensor found in the Google Pixel's camera. The KEYone shoots 12-megapixel photos and 4K video; its selfie camera does 8-megapixels, as well as 1080p video.
Carphone Warehouse is selling the KEYone in one color only: silver. It costs £499, comes sim-free, and includes free delivery.