BlackBerry KEYone is now available on sale in the US starting yesterday. The award-winning phone can be purchased via Amazon and Best Buy websites and in Best Buy's physical stores, as well. KEYone comes in two variants for US$549.99 each. These phones are optimized for GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T; the CDMA variant supports Verizon Wireless. Variant optimized for Sprint will start hitting the shelves in the summer.

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The BlackBerry KEYone is cased in an aluminum frame. It has a 4.5-inch display that is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4, a glass material known for its durability. The device rocks a 12MP main camera which is powered by Sony's IMX378 sensor and a dual tone flash for a crisp and more vibrant image. The 8MP front shooter has fixed focus, LCD flash, and a wide angle lens capable of capturing up to 84 degrees.

The device runs on Android 7.1 Nougat. Its large 3505mAh battery helps users to stay longer up to 26 hours or more. With the Quick Charge 3.0 of Qualcomm, the device can charge up to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

The BlackBerry KEYone has the Smart Keyboard with 52 customizable shortcuts. It can be used like a trackpad, a perfect way to browse and scroll through web pages and apps. BlackBerry and TCL Communication have been proud happy to announce the device has DTEK, a technology that constantly tracks security and protection of the phone's operating system and apps.

BlackBerry values security, productivity

In a press statement, TCL Communication president and general manager Steve Cistulli takes pride of what KEYone sets from the other phones apart. He said, "The KEYone is unlike any other smartphone available to consumers today, offering a premium communication experience, ensuring that our customers enjoy the security, long battery life and great functionality that have made BlackBerry mobile devices so iconic".

BlackBerry Mobility Solutions vice president and general manager Alex Thurber, Sr. also emphasizes the edge of having KEYone, "Anyone who is an Android loyalist and values the mobile security and productivity that BlackBerry software brings will love this smartphone".