In February, just ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017, TCL unveiled the BlackBerry KEYone, an upper-mid-range handset with a fixed QWERTY keyboard, below a high-resolution display. The device promises "unparalleled security", thanks to its "hardened" version of Android 7.1 Nougat, which includes unique protective features not available on other Android devices.
The KEYone was originally supposed to go on sale in April, but its release was slightly delayed. Now, the device is available to pre-order in the UK for £499 SIM-free from Carphone Warehouse, which says it will be delivered by May 5.
The KEYone's specs include:
- 4.5-inch display with 1080x1620px resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB storage (plus microSD card support up to 256GB)
- 12MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash and 4K video recording at 30fps
- 8MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, dual-band
- Bluetooth 4.2
- USB 3.1 port with Type-C connector
- Fingerprint sensor
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 3505mAh battery
- 149 x 72 x 9.4mm; 180g
You can find out more about the BlackBerry KEYone in our hands-on video from its launch event, including some first impressions.