TCL has announced that the BlackBerry KEYone will be available in Chile in September. This will be the first country in Latin America to launch the smartphone.
The phone is available unlocked for CLP 499,990 or in combination with a range of postpay plans. Movistar is offering it for a downpayment of CLP 189,990 and 18 monthly payments of CLP 12,000 on a CLP 32,990 plan
Luis Kovalsky, BlackBerry Director for LATAM said,
“BlackBerry has built its trademark on strong security and power productivity features. The modern user will have the opportunity to experience all of those traits, including a high-definition camera, clear display, and distinctive design. Together with TCL Communication, we have incorporated our expertise into every layer of this new and improved smartphone, so the BlackBerry DNA remains in place,”
Javier Valenzuela, Manager of Movistar Terminals added,
“BlackBerry has always been distinguished by its characteristics of quality and security, which at the time earned it great prestige and positioning in the market. This new model retains these attributes, also giving in this opportunity an experience of 100% Android smartphone, operating system that continues to be a presence among Chilean users”
Out of the box, the device runs Android 7.1 – giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps – and will receive Google security patch updates. It comes loaded with BlackBerry Hub, bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account. Another benefit of BlackBerry Hub, is the ability to manage multiple email accounts without switching between apps, with support for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, Microsoft Exchange accounts, and many other IMAP and POP3 email providers.
At the core of this new BlackBerry smartphone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mobile platform with the Qualcomm AdrenoTM 506 GPU. This means BlackBerry KEYone users will enjoy long battery life thanks to more efficient battery usage and fast LTE speeds for super-fast file sharing.
It includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, making it possible for the 3505 mAh battery on the KEYone – the largest ever in a BlackBerry device, to receive up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes. And for when you only have a few moments to grab a fast charge, BlackBerry’s Boost can turbo charge your battery to get you the most charge with the limited time you have.
Coming to the camera, there is a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and dual tone LED flash. For selfies, there is an 8MP front camera with 1.12 µm pixel size. Both the cameras can record videos at a maximum of Full HD resolution. The power button, volume rocker, and the SIM card are placed on the right edge of the device.
On the left edge is the BlackBerry Convenience Key that can be customized for different operations. In between the display and QWERTY keyboard are the three capacitive navigation buttons for back, home, and multi-tasking (from left to right).
Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm Audio port, and USB Type-C port. With the NFC and fingerprint sensor, the KeyOne can be used for making payments using the Android Pay.
BlackBerry KEYone Specs
|Operating system||Android 7.1 Nougat|
3:2 Aspect Ratio
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
Adreno 506 GPU
|Expandable||microSD up to 2TB|
|Rear Camera||12MP (1.55 micron) f/2.0, PDAF|
dual-tone LED flash
HDR, 4K, 30fps
|Front Camera||8MP f/2.2|
|Charging||Quick Charge 3.0|
|Security||DTEK security suite|
FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption
Android For Work, Google Play for Work
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC|
|Network (NA GSM)||LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/19/20/28/29/30|
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
|Network (NA CDMA)||LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/20/25/26/28/29/30|
TD-LTE Band 41
CDMA BC 0/1/10
|Network (EMEA)||LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/13/17/20/28|
TD-LTE Band 38,40
|Dimensions||149.1 mm x 72.39 mm x 9.4 mm|