Blackberry confirms launch dates for its gorgeous KeyOne Android phone

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That's the main difference between the BlackBerry KeyOne, which has just acquired a North America release date, and every other Android phone.

The BlackBerry Keyone will first arrive in Canada with pre-orders opening May 18.

If you are one of those waiting to buy the BlackBerry KEYone, we have some good news.

In December 2016, the Ontario-based BlackBerry licensed the right to manufacture its hardware to Chinese electronic company TCL, though Blackberry is still behind the scenes working on the software. The BlackBerry KEYone will also become available later at the majority of carriers in Europe.

After a brief delay, TCL Communication and BlackBerry Limited are almost ready to begin taking preorders for the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone.

In terms of security, the BlackBerry KEYone will probably not disappoint anyone. Instead, BlackBerry provides the software experience and tools for the Android-powered smartphone. The Smart Keyboard, as it's called, responds to touch gestures, can be programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, and has a fingerprint sensor built directly into the spacebar.

Gold said the delay might be due to adding a new version of Android 7.1 to the smartphone.

The four-row physical keyboard is tightly stacked beneath a modest 4.5-inch IPS LCD display, ensuring both content creation and consumption are - depending on your viewpoint - equally compromised or catered for.

The KEYone may not become a runway hit, but a carrier deal might allow BlackBerry to regain at least some of its lost reputation. Moreover, the company has also announced that Carphone Warehouse will be the next retailer wjo will be selling the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone in the United Kingdom from May 5 onwards.

There's also a 12-megapixel camera on the rear using the Sony IMX378 camera sensor - that's the same snapper fitted within the brilliant Google Pixel. The battery capacity is 3,505 mAh and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

A "new era of BlackBerry smartphones" is slated to kick off on May 31. While on the front there is an 8 MP camera with a wide-angle lens.