BlackBerry KEYone is available to buy


BlackBerry KEYone
BlackBerry KEYone

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Prepare your fingers: BlackBerry’s new Android-meets-physical-keyboard phone, the KEYone, is now available for purchase in the U.S.

You can get it on BlackBerry’s website, Amazon, and Best Buy online, or at select Best Buy stores, for the price of $549.99.

The phone is available in two unlocked variants in the U.S. — one optimized for GSM networks, which includes AT&T and T-Mobile, and one optimized for CDMA networks such as Verizon. Carrier-bound versions of the phone will become available this summer. 

The KEYone is probably the last chance to revive BlackBerry’s nearly non-existent market share. The phone will likely polarize customers — like it did us — as it’s a mix of cool features and annoying quirks. 

Here’s a quick rundown: It’s a 4.5-inch phone with an unusual, 1,680 x 1,080 pixel display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera (coupled with an 8-megapixel selfie cam), 32GB of storage, and a 3,505mAh battery.

And yes, it has a physical keyboard, which has a few nifty tricks of its own, like the keyboard gestures or the fingerprint sensor that’s built into the space key. 

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