BlackBerry KEYOne up for pre-order in Canada starting May 18

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The BlackBerry KeyOne will launch in the United States and Canada on the 31st of May 2017 and the device will be able to pre-order in Canada from the 18th of May.

Earlier this week, TCl announced that the BlackBerry KEYOne will be up for pre-order in Canada beginning May 18 from TELUS Business, SaskTel, Bell MTS, Bell, and Rogers with an affordable price of $199 CAD with a two-year contract. Despite being the ancestral home of BlackBerry, the device will launch there later in May. Carphone Warehouse is also reported to begin selling the device on May 5, 2017, with carrier availability expanding throughout May. The only USA carrier that's been confirmed to be onboard with the KEYone so far is Sprint, who will sell the device this summer.

Speaking at the launch today, BlackBerry Mobile UK manager Johnathan Young said: "Selfridges, voted world's best department store three times consecutively have been a longtime supporter of BlackBerry".

It is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 625), Adreno 506 GPU and complimented with 3GB of RAM. If one of those heads belongs to you, then you might be pleased to know that BlackBerry has finally announced a release date for the phone.

The BlackBerry KEYone is a major refocus of the brand with BlackBerry mainly dedicated to the software while TCL puts major emphasis on the hardware. The phone will cost you £499, and it is only available in limited quantities right now. 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.

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The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor (Sony IMX378) that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light.

What makes the KEYone a stand out device in the already flooded smartphone market is the physical keyboard that BlackBerry handsets were once famous for.

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

The keyboard also features capacitive touch sensors so that users can simply use swipe gestures to navigate through the interface. 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.