BlackBerry teases KEYOne successor and mystery new phone for 2018 launch


The handset will be available direct from BlackBerry in the USA from this Friday the 12th of January and it costs $450.

Since the global rollout of BlackBerry KEYone, which began in Q2 2017, TCL Communication has launched the device in over 50 countries worldwide, including markets in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. It will be available for sale online via Amazon and Best Buy for $449.99 a pop.

BlackBerry, under the ownership of TCL Communications, has announced at CES 2018 that there will be "at least two new BlackBerry smartphones this year". BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition will feature dual-SIM support and matte bronze finish. It's the first of more to come: At its press conference during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the company announced that it'll release "at least two" new smartphones later this year, each of which will have a physical keyboard. More information on the regional availability of BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition will be shared shortly, including market availability and pricing.

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Finally, Blackberry Motion is making its way to the USA, as it is going to be made available in the market from January 12. The phone runs a pretty lightly skinned version of Android 7.1 with a good handful of BlackBerry software tweaks, many of which BlackBerry says will be trickling down to the KeyOne.

And finally, BlackBerry confirmed it is working on an Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Keyone and the Motion, but didn't provide a timeframe for its release.