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BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK

The BlackBerry KEYone. (Source: Carphone Warehouse)
The BlackBerry KEYone. (Source: Carphone Warehouse)
After suffering a one-month delay, the BlackBerry KEYone is almost ready to ship. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is the latest to offer the handset; it asks for £499 and promises a May 5 delivery date.

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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.

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John Garcia, 2017-04-20 (Update: 2017-04-20)
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