TCL Communications and Vodacom have launched the BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone in South Africa.
Vodacom will be the exclusive launch partner for the BlackBerry KeyOne, offering the device from 8 August.
Pre-orders are available through Cellucity’s website, which states that it will release the device to buyers from 7 August.
Previously code-named “Mercury”, the BlackBerry KeyOne features a touch-sensitive physical keyboard and runs on Android 7.1.
Its touch-sensitive keyboard lets you navigate without touching the screen and offers BlackBerry’s flick typing system on physical keys.
The BlackBerry KeyOne will retail for R9, 649, and will be available for R479 per month on a 24-month Vodacom uChoose Flexi 200 contract.
TCL said the end of its exclusivity period with Vodacom has not been determined.
Below are the specs:
- Display: 4.5 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (434ppi)
- OS: Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)
- CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz
- RAM: 3GB
- Memory: 32GB (expandable up to 256 GB)
- Camera: 12 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus
- Video: 4K video recording at 30 fps
- Battery: Non-removable Li-ion 3505mAh
- Extras: Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0