BlackBerry officially reveals the Android-powered ‘KEYone’

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  • Evyn Hamilton

    Should have come in at no more than $400 USD to be competitive in the mid range sector. Pricing themselves too high for what now is a niche market of users. Hopefully enterprises adopt this product cause it is still very nice hardware.

    • Russ

      I would have been content with them matching the Moto Z Play’s price of US$449 so that there’s at least a comparison to be made. It’ll be hard for consumers to justify an extra $100 for a keyboard that they aren’t entirely sure about.

    • It’s Me

      I think those that are seriously looking at this are already sold on the keyboard. And while it would be nice to see it cheaper, the majority of people still buy on contract so the upfront price on this will likely be the same as others in the category.

    • Techguru86

      Should have been priced at $499 max, yes the build quality looks amazing, so that will jack up the price, embedding the fingerprint into the space bar will make it harder to fix as well, and adding the Pixel camera, it’s still pretty damn good

    • Shogun

      What’s so amazing about it? I look at this thing I think its hideous. People don’t want PKB devices today beyond the die-hards but that fan base alone isn’t enough to prop up and sell a product successfully. Its just amazing to me that TCL, much like BBRY itself, is so obtuse they can’t see this and instead rave on about being ‘humbled’ to sell this stuff when in fact they ought to be embarrassed and clearly haven’t seen that BB phones are no longer popular and never will be again. It’s just nostalgia and stupidity mixed together to result in the same failed recipe we’ve seen here over and over and over again.

    • Rev0lver

      “People don’t want PKB devices today beyond…”

      People don’t want to see your comments, but here we are…

    • Chug that haterade

      I find it hilarious that some of my comments have been removed yet all of his still remain… he doesn’t have one ounce of desire to have even the slightest discussion… it is always the same old “this device sucks… BlackBerry sucks…” story from him..

    • Rev0lver

      I had one removed too.

      It’s not my fault President Trump thinks he’s pathetic, I just posted the gif, I’m just the messenger.

    • Chug that haterade

      LMFAO…. the fact that Trump thinks he’s pathetic says something… and it isn’t good.

    • Chug that haterade

      Do you speak for the entire smartphone market? And why do you care? Nobody is forcing you to buy this device…

  • stevedion

    So 549$ USD Should work out to be 700$ CDN? Ouch…

    • Russ

      Yeah, I’m worried that it’ll be more like $729. At least it’s not in iPhone territory, like the Priv was.

  • Alan Paone

    it’ll be interesting to see irl if it holds up to that price, and what the android skin is like, but so far i’m kinda into it

    • Hunter Miller

      The Android skin is close to stock Android

  • I want it. Liked Mercury better though.

    • Shogun

      Of course you want it. You seem to want anything this company hawks

    • Chug that haterade

      Why do you care? Is he asking you to buy it for him?

    • Rev0lver

      Of course you care about what other people enjoy. Why is that anyway? It seems really sad to me.

  • LeCanadianBacon

    I’m digging this phone, after owning a Moto Z Play I can safely say this device will absolutely fly if optimized, and the battery life will be insanely good. Officially stoked.

  • Chug that haterade
  • bigshynepo

    I’ll take one, possibly two.
    Looking forward to seeing some hands-on reviews but already very impressed.
    821 would’ve impressed me more, but keyboard app shortcuts is a nice feature.

  • Word

    Priced too high, terrible name. Next!

    • Rev0lver

      I always base my purchases on the product name because I’m not all that bright…

    • Word

      Is that what I said? Nope.

    • Rev0lver

      Well you implied it…Next

    • Shogun

      You’re wasting your time with these two guys. They talk about ‘trolling’ and yet are the biggest trolls out here bar none. Best to ignore them and leave them to play themselves along with their inane posts.

    • Rev0lver
    • Chug that haterade
    • Cowpoke

      LOL! Where are the pimples and the strange congealed, off-white stains going up the front of his shirt…?

    • Chug that haterade

      Please enlighten us as to what you do here….

    • Cowpoke

      Pffft…pot, kettle, eh Boredun?

    • Shogun

      I may come out here and talk about the company Cowdung but I don’t follow individual posters around harassing their every reply. If you can’t tell the difference then you’re as dumb as that avatar of yours looks.

    • Chug that haterade

      Follow you around? Kinda hard to do when there isn’t a BlackBerry article on this site that you haven’t commented on..

    • Karl

      You seem to suffer from the same affliction.

    • Chug that haterade

      I am a BlackBerry user and am interested in their stuff so please elaborate why I can’t read BlackBerry articles and comment on them…

    • Rev0lver

      It’s even harder when he has multiple accounts.

    • Cowpoke

      Ouch. Oh, and that’s personal abuse, flagged and reported.

    • Chug that haterade

      Don’t worry, he has a backup Hot Karl account. I’d certainly love to see the ban hammer dropped on him though…

    • Shogun

      lol…Grow up man.

    • Chug that haterade

      Coming from the poster that comments on EVERY single BlackBerry article….

    • Cowpoke

      Whatever, Kylie.

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Is your avatar a photo of our friend?

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      And the hypocrisy continues…

    • Sighmonsez

      Yup.

  • Techguru86

    Can’t see Freedom Mobile selling it, there’s no band 66 compatibility so that it could be one less carrier to sell it too

    • Which would have been a HUGE hit with Freedom (for the right price)

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      FWIW Wind/Freedom had to clear those Classics out for 50 bucks as “lightly loved”. More like “unloved”.

  • Shogun

    Figures they would price it high. I never imagined this would come in at less than $500. Should be interesting to see if TCL markets this aggressively or whether they’ll take the same arrogant approach BBRY has done with hardware in the past. The brand is so badly damaged it may not matter either way. DOA this is

    • Rev0lver
    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Looks like our buddy didn’t get the hint and is back here “ignoring us” in his comments…

    • Chug that haterade

      Sure thing Yoda…. just like TCL made BlackBerrys weren’t going to get updates from BlackBerry… er wait…

    • Squishy

      @Shogun You’re quite the little Twatwaffle aren’t you? You call select people out for things, yet you are doing the same, if not worse. You need to follow the 5G’s. Good God Get a Grip Girl.

    • Chug that haterade

      ROTFLMAO!!!! This ^^^

  • Magic18

    BB pricing….DOA

    • Chug that haterade

      I’m pretty sure TCL set the pricing….

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  • Badwithnames14

    Looks cool, and having something other than the basic touchscreen slab monotony is nice. Though the price is a little bit much for me, I’m getting close to finishing high school and entering broke post secondary student range. 😀 (hopefully I’ll get accepted to my university of choice and that my alternative collage program doesn’t end up with me on a year long waiting list. °~°)

    Oh and if it can’t play FM radio, than nope sorry not for me sadly.

    • Shogun

      lol! You’re still in high school and concerned about FM radios? Physical keyboards? Uh…Don’t think so. Chen is getting pretty desperate putting people out here like this to do his shilling.

    • Chug that haterade

      Tim Cook is getting pretty desperate putting people out here like you to do his shilling..

    • Badwithnames14

      So my first reply got put into limbo since I accidentally posted it before I was done and it got marked as spam with many many edits, whoops. Sorry if that pops up later.

      Anyway, I’m honestly more or less indifferent to the keyboard itself, and am more interested in it being different. I was hooked on those Asian Android Flip phones for a while cause they’re cool and unique. I’m also pretty excited for the foldable phone concepts, those are awesome. Otherwise it’s not much different from the same old smartphones sold for a large part of my life.

      As for FM radio, a make it or break it feature to me, data is expensive remember? So is buying a bunch of songs to listen to on the bus. And I don’t feel like pirating, meh to that. I actually do like top 40 music, getting to hear about local events, and CBC radio one. Plus there’s stations that play rock and alternative music nearby, and those are my favourite genres. Plus BC kinda has these things called earthquakes, and when the cell networks are down and overloaded, FM will work with much higher reliability. I might be stuck somewhere with an upward of 3-5 hours on foot to get home, I’ll want to know what there is to know.

      But no I am not a shill, I wish I got money for that comment, but alas I did not; it’d be useful for tuition money.. Hey how does one get payed to troll the internet? Eh whatever about that. I won’t be sorry that I fail you fit into the general trend, I don’t care I just like what I like.

      PS. Oh yeah, over the air broadcast TV is also a pretty cool concept, did you know that Japanese phones have been able to pick up over the air signals for years? They have this whole 1SEG network that seems incredibly cool to me.

    • Shogun

      That you’d actually have people believe you’re still in high school is really quite insulting to the intelligence of posters here.
      I stand by my comment. Chen is getting desperate rolling out paid shills to post here.

    • Chug that haterade

      So is Tim Cook ^^^

    • Karl

      Have you looked at Apple sales numbers? The stock price lately? I don’t think that company needs anyone to promote the brand here or anywhere else for that matter.

    • Chug that haterade

      So then why are you aka Shogun here constantly bashing a device that you have no interest in?

    • Karl

      Are you seriously implying I’m Shogun? lolol! Wow!…Must be fun living in your world whatever that is.

    • Chug that haterade

      yup… definitely you

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Yes, he thinks everyone who dislikes Blackberry is the same person. He can’t fathom the thought that multiple people could possibly dislike his precious Blackberry.

    • Jockohomo

      Wait… what?

    • Chug that haterade

      I’m sure multiple people do dislike BlackBerry… just like multiple people dislike Apple or Samsung…. rather coincidence how ol Karl just randomly shows up with a new account and starts a hardcore defensive onslaught of Shogun…. who had previous screen name of “ConcertMaster”…. an ol Karl’s avatar is of an orchestra conductor…. you fill in the blanks…

    • Shogun

      Of course. They think I have “puppet accounts” because they can’t fathom any other criticism. It’s just sad and ridiculous

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Yes I apparently have “several” also

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      You do…. stop crying

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Ok, so today I have several? got it. Some days you say I don’t. Just wanted to confirm which story you were running with today. Thx.

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Riiiiiiight….. do keep flailing

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Yes Shogun…. definitely ironic how someone randomly shows up with an account that he created that day, uses a photo of a conductor (similar to another poster that went by the name of ConcertMaster….hmmmm, I wonder who that is) and proceeded to ONLY comment on BlackBerry articles and ONLY respond to the two people that continually call you out on the carpet for your nonsense…. geez… what was I thinking? Definitely couldn’t have been you…. impossible!!!

    • Rev0lver

      Get a life loser. No one here likes you.

    • Rev0lver
    • Chug that haterade

      Hilarious how Hot Karl “the lurker” showed up for one defensive blast, got outed and hasn’t been seen since…

    • Badwithnames14

      You’re delusional, you realize that? I am 17, and I like FM radio, so what? I stand by being a 17 year old high school student, not everyone who disagrees with you I’d payed to do it. Is there a way to post a voice recording to Disqus? Would that prove more or less that I’m under 20?

      Again I actually wasn’t even thinking about getting the Blackberry, costs too much and I don’t need a keyboard. I’m waiting on the Motorola G5 just to let you know. It’s (probably) got radio, and that’s pretty much my biggest want in an Android phone, I’m weird deal with it.

      You’re literally a conspiracy theorist right now and not a good one. Like sheesh your only evidence is that I have different interests than most other high schoolers? That’s kinda just sad. :/

      Although I have to say, I must have some pretty good English skills if you believe that there’s no way I’m in high school. But I am, so yeah I’m not insulting anyone’s intelligence, but you’re making a pretty big fool of yourself here.

    • Chug that haterade

      He claims that others are all about the confrontation… yet 95 percent of his comments are either personal attacks or the same anti-BBRY rhetoric.

    • Badwithnames14

      It’s kinda just sad really. I’ve never had someone double down on not beliving me when I said I’m in high school before. It’s weird, but I don’t have much better to do right now so why not play a stupid internet comment game. 😛

      Oh yeah, if anyone doesn’t believe me, you can go find the Reddit account that I stopped using a couple of months ago under the same username badwithnames14. Fair warning I made some really stupid comments, so I don’t necessarily hold any views expressed. And if anyone wonders why I quit, it made me somewhat miserable and I wasted way too much time that could be much better spent.

      Huh now someone is going to call me out for adding too much detail hahaha.

    • Chug that haterade

      I don’t have to look it up because I’m not sure why anyone in their right mind would claim someone would lie about their age in the first place… this isn’t a bar or a dating site for heavens sake. Sheesh.

    • Badwithnames14

      You get it, thank you. Of all the thing’s Trump’s rise to power (and side effects) brought, I never thought that I’d be acussed of shilling for stating my age and finding a phone interesting. Like wow it’s just a phone. Shame that so many online have turned to just assuming anyone who they disagree with must be bought off.

    • Chug that haterade

      That is the way a certain few posters are… nobody can (or should) be interested or say positive things about BlackBerry…. if you do, you’re either a shill or delusional fanboy. Heaven forbid anyone just be allowed to like what they like…

    • Rev0lver

      I’m sure when you were in highschool you were desperately trying to find anyone to listen to your idiotic rants.

    • Chug that haterade

      Looks like somebody created another account…

  • Shogun

    38 posts on this forum and 18 of them are attributed to Gunslinger and his sidekick the Haterade Chugger. Unbelievable how these two foam at the mouth while having the gall to suggest the same of others. You two in love or what?

    • KiwiBri

      Lol ????!

    • Chug that haterade

      And the other 20 are likely from you posting about how you hate this device and can’t stand this company.. because normal people spend that much time bashing stuff they don’t like.

    • Karl

      You mean like ‘normal people’ who take up half a discussion thread defending something they like? You feel that’s normal too? Are you employed by any chance? Family obligations? Friends? You spend a lot of time here attacking one poster and others I notice too who don’t share your views and that’s a tad excessive regardless if you ‘adore’ Blackberry or any product for that matter.

    • Chug that haterade

      Hahahahah Shogun created another account

    • Rev0lver
    • Jockohomo

      I’m a bit surprised the personal attacks have not been moderated.

    • Chug that haterade

      Naaaw… they don’t delete his comments but they should.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      I’m surprised you guys don’t use this already. Click that little triangle that appears when you mouse over a comment. Even carries over name changes as long as the Discus profile doesn’t change (which it never did, it’s the same guy.)
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/46eec5f51d05e4ff3cae6c06fc47b17498bb357930c367910cf593b924c3d579.png

    • Shogun

      We know you’re a fanboy Cipriani. Also, these bozos can’t ignore me because they’re masochists and get-off on confrontation. It would be simple if they could follow my lead but my they continue to post responses to me when I never reply or bother to read their crap is truly a head-scratcher.

    • Chug that haterade

      We get off on confrontation? Yet you calling someone out because they are “telling lies about being in high school” or calling someone a fanboy or shill for saying something positive about the Mercury isn’t beign confrontational? Riiiiight.

      Ps. We all know you read our comments….

    • Chug that haterade

      Thought about it. He supposedly has us on “ignore” yet continues to indirectly reply to us.

    • Rev0lver
  • Jockohomo

    I’ll wait for official reviews, but that price for what is a mid-ranger…ouch! We shall see…

  • Supa_Fly

    As a former long LONG time BlackBerry fan, user and administrator … I’m sorry the pricing is far too high. BlackBerry also insulted their previous users with false claims like the frets on the Q10, 9900 being metal and they there just cheap painted plastic – I’ve personally taking apart numerous amounts of both models.

    Price too high
    mix-match design (is it trying to be plastic or metal … designers couldn’t make up their mind)
    Price too high again cause if this fails BlackBerry’s efforts for those hundreds of thousands of keyboard elitist users that live or die with the keyboard will not be enough sales to pay for R&D and production of it’s successor. My personal opinion here of course.

    Far too many enterprises leaving BlackBerry as they can see much more benefits and security not just in the device but in the entire platform [ nobody wants corporate user data advertised publicly via the browser]!! And no MDM solves this concern, check Gartner reports if you don’t already know.

    Did anyone else laugh or even notice the showing of how “Smart” they keyboard is specifically says “Running late”!? LMAO!! Typical BlackBerry.

  • dannyR

    Nice-looking phone (for a keyboard model), but the higher-end price for a mid-range? Does a big battery cost that much?

    • Karl

      Does a keyboard? The pricing for the Priv was equally ludicrous at $899 if memory serves.

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  • Rimtu Kahn

    BlackBerry had designed a great phone called the Priv. For me Torch and then Torch 2 were the precursor to Priv. Unfortunately both Torch and Priv had performance issues. I wish blackberry recognized this and released a new version of Priv with beefed up specs for CPU, RAM etc. I experienced one of the best phone screen if not the best ever. The processor performance sometimes leaves a bit to be desired, even with blackberry software apps. If Priv had a fingerprint reader instead of the somewhat useless middle volume mute button, and cost around $600 CAD instead of $900 CAD, then it would’ve been the best android device in the market. BlackBerry fails to recognize the gems that they deliver instead bet on deadbeats.
    In the age of multimedia the keyone won’t find much traction for consumer market with its screen dimensions. Although it would likely be a great traditional work device.

    Here’s to hoping blackberry would work with TCL towards a Priv 2 with the latest technical specs and reasonable pricing (don’t price your device like an iPhone)

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      I agree, pricing it as if it was as good as an iPhone is insane. Blackberry, stop trying to rip people off.

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      You do realize it was priced less than the iPhone, right?

      Ps. are you lost? This isn’t an Apple article so you must be..

    • JD

      Listen to the customer? Recognize which products were a hit and just tweak what wasn’t working instead of throwing crap at the wall to see what sticks? If they did that they wouldn’t be Blackberry.

  • Ehm Tee Ehf

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfcd6b92270aefe4b2dc1da73cfb906e694c7287eeaa7e928001e251d4b17ced.gif 4.5″ screen, what were they thinking… Seriously you want a new flagship phone to be wanted when there is so much competition, a 5″ would have been alot better with blackberry. With them getting out of the smartphone world in the coming year, I think BB could have shot themselves in the foot. The pricepoint says “we need to grab as much money as we can get with the 10k phones we actually will sell” Says to me well we need to go out on a high. But you are still forgetting the one that that made blackberry tank in the beginning, Your playing in a big sandbox with alot of phone makers that can make it better, cheaper, smarter, and with alot more functionality and size, then you can… To John Chen and blackberry. Beat the June Rush… FAIL NOW…. So disappointed in BB. I was one of the first people in canada with a BB 7290 when they launched way back. Now The only reason i even own a blackberry is that i support them at work. Otherwise I would switch all the users I know to a different more affordable phone with a snap of my fingers!

    • Chug that haterade

      Don’t you think a 5 inch phone with the keyboard at the bottom would be huge? I agree that it might be priced a bit high but they can always come down in price but you can’t ever go up.

      Ps. I believe TCL set the pricing…

    • Shogun

      Many already made the move to other devices long ago. IT managers are going to have to seriously start considering a world without BB10 or BB devices period because the status quo just isn’t sustainable in the long run.

    • Chug that haterade

      But I thought nobody was using BlackBerry devices according to you?

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      They aren’t

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Riiiiight

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Have you seen the 0 percent market share for Blackberry? Yah, sit down.

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Have you seen the declining market share for Apple? Yeah, sit down..

  • Brad Fortin

    They should have started releasing devices like this years ago before the CAD tanked.

  • Bitekr

    great looking phone. perfect for my needs. looooong battery, good performance and good camera. I am looking to update my priv to this phone.

  • Azim Esmail

    But they aren’t targeting consumers… they’re targeting governments and corporations.

  • TheCuddlyKoala

    I’ll wait until it goes BOGO. Should be soon.

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Probably longer than the iPhone 7…

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Riiiiight. Why do you have to bring Apple into every conversation? SMH

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Same reason why you show up on BlackBerry articles to make snarky comments…. SMH

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      But this IS a Blackberry article…..

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Really? No way!! Well in that case, why are YOU here considering YOU aren’t a BlackBerry fan or actually interested in this device?

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      So I have to be a fan in order to make a Blackberry related comment on a Blackberry article?

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Yeah bro… you have to be a fan… now run along… there is an iPhone 7 BOGO sale going on somewhere that I’m sure you need to be at..

    • Shogun

      He brings it up because he thinks the critics are all Apple fanboys and nothing could be further from the truth. At the end of the day he’s really incapable of a discussion on this topic because he’s so biased. I tried on numerous occasions to engage him but it’s like talking to a brick wall

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      Exactly. Blackberry is the best company ever, they can do no wrong. Everyone else is garbage. Ridiculous

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Never said that but do keep flailing…

      Ps. You make a snarky comment about BlackBerry… I make a snarky comment about Apple right back… see how that works?

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      But I thought you were ignoring me? Hilarious how you are incapable of that…just like you are incapable of commenting on a single BlackBerry article.. Your hypocrisy is astounding though given your extreme bias and prejudice against BlackBerry…. but you’re capable of having a thoughtful discussion on it, right? As long as the discussion involves bashing BlackBerry for anything and everything..

      Ps. Hilarious how you try to come off as not being an Apple fanboy yet both you and Cuddly are devout Apple fanboys… but that seems to be par for the course for the majority of haters that show up on BlackBerry articles.

    • Rev0lver

      Get over it and get mental help. Why keep coming around to a place where no one likes you?

    • The real Chug that Haterade

      Because….he is doing his part to “crush” the evil BlackBerry at all costs…

    • TheCuddlyKoala

      I hear ya, we’ve all tried to be civil with him/her.

  • Omar

    When I read the specs and saw it was a midrange phone, I was relieved thinking, okay good so it will be priced reasonably. Got to the end of the article and saw $549 USD and though, well dammit… So much for that. At $549 CAD I’d buy it. There are some really great options for a Android power smartphone at under $700 CAD. I get there are only two relevant ones with keyboards (including this) but that doesn’t justify monopoly-like pricing.

    • Captain Henry Morgan

      I agree..they should priced this at $499 at the most and I’ll probably buy it.