BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze Edition arrives with promise of more keyboard phones

Isaac Cain
January 10, 2018

At this point we can only guess on what BlackBerry has in store for 2018 but we could at least expect successors to the Motion and Keyone and perhaps even an entry level phone.

"In 2018 we will be working closely with TCL Communication to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo, including additional security and other features, to continue to expand the overall BlackBerry smartphone user experience", added Alex Thurber, senior vice president and general manager of mobility solutions at BlackBerry. 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.

This begins with an an all-new colour variant and dual SIM version of BlackBerry KEYone - Bronze Edition - to be released in the United Kingdom and other select markets across Europe, Asia and the Middle East in Q1.

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TCL's BlackBerry KeyOne family is growing yet again, this time with a Bronze Edition.

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. "The Motion features IP67 water and dust resistant technology, a new anti-scratch display, protecting the device's 5.5" full-HD screen. The handset also comes with a 4000 mAh battery and Android 7.1 Nougat.

For those interested in the product, the BlackBerry Motion is expected to land in the States on January 12 as a GSM unlocked model (will work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but not Sprint and Verizon).

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