At last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, TCL unveiled its new premium BlackBerry handset, the KEYone. The Android 7.1 device will have a Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage, along with a physical QWERTY keyboard, fixed in place below its high-definition 4.5-inch display.
The KEYone will cost $549, but if you're thinking of buying that device, you might want to consider a more affordable alternative instead. The BlackBerry Priv, the company's flagship-class Android handset that it released at the end of 2015, is now available for a good deal less than full price.
Unlike the KEYone, the Priv has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that stows away behind the device's 5.4-inch Quad HD display. BlackBerry itself is now selling the Priv for $499, but you can currently get a new unlocked Priv, in full retail packaging and with all accessories included, for $289.99 via DailySteals.com. That price applies specifically to the GSM model, which isn't compatible with networks such as Verizon and Sprint.
The Priv's key specs include:
- Dual-curved 5.4-inch AMOLED with Quad HD (2560x1440px) resolution
- Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB onboard storage (plus microSD card support up to 200GB)
- 18MP rear camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash and 4K video recording at 30fps
- 2MP front-facing camera with 720p video capture
- Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard with capacitive touch
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Non-removable 3410mAh battery
- 147 x 77.2 x 9.4mm; 192g
If you're more interested in the new BlackBerry KEYone, be sure to check out our hands-on video with the device ahead of its retail launch in April.