After some supply delays, the BlackBerry KEYone finally made it to US shores on May 31st. The handset that was announced at CES 2017 and then followed up on in greater detail at MWC 2017, is what we believe to be one of the best premium mid-range handsets out there.
For $549, which is $50 more than the price tag will be for the upcoming Moto Z2 Play, the BlackBerry KEYone can be had in the US. The handset was produced in conjunction with TCL, who manufactured the units by assembling all the parts.
Popular retailers, Amazon and Best Buy, have already put up their listings for the phone which is GSM unlocked to work on carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T and others. Verizon will also sell the handset in carrier stores, but beginning at a later date. This will be a carrier specific model of the phone, and is also available from Amazon.
As of the time we’re writing this post, it appears that the KEYone has been pushed to out of stock. Best Buy is giving the option to sign up for updates, while Amazon estimates delayed shipping times of 1 to 2 months. Hopefully, if you wanted one, you bought it already, because the wait could be quite a bit if this estimate proves to be accurate.
Does BlackBerry have a turnaround, or is it too little too late? It has been some time since we last heard of a BlackBerry phone selling out, but that’s what you get when you make a phone that becomes of high demand!