The BlackBerry KEYone was announced in February 2017 and started shipping in April, but up to now, the phone had yet to hit the Indian market – a market that is becoming a major force in the smartphone industry. But it appears that the wait was worth it.
Fans of the BlackBerry KEYone in India can now get their hands on the phone that brings them a taste of the traditional physical QWERTY keyboard on a smartphone that is powered by Android. This is not something you see every day, which makes the KEYone such a unique offering not just in the Indian market, but also in other markets that the phone is already selling.
When the Canadian company unveiled and started selling the BlackBerry KEYone, the company never talked about more than one variant. However, it appears that the Indian market is getting a variant of the phone that is totally different from what other markets got.
Usually, the KEYone gives you a hardware package that includes a 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can also be expanded, however, the variant that has just been released in India gives you a better 4GB RAM alongside an even better 64GB of internal storage.
In addition to the different RAM/ROM combination, the BlackBerry KEYone for the Indian market also gets dual-SIM connectivity, making it the first ever BlackBerry phone to support such a feature. As for the rest of the specs, they remain unchanged, among them a 4.5-inch 1080p display screen with Gorilla Glass 4 on top, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, a 12MP/8MP back and front camera combination, a 3505mAh battery unit with support for fast charging via a USB-C port and Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
For the price, those in India will have to pay Rs 39,990 to get their hands on the BlackBerry KEYone, a figure that translates to about $625. The phone will start selling on August 8 as an Amazon India exclusive.