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BlackBerry KEYone Update: Release Date Delayed; Official Said It Would Be Released This May

Apr 04, 2017 02:38 AM EDT


the Blackberry KEYone was officially announced to be released this April at this year's Mobile World Congress and it has received FCC approval that made the assurance of the release. Unfortunately, the CEO of the company release of the handset is has been delayed.

In an article published in SlashGear, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced in their company's recent fiscal earning's call that the BlackBerry KEYone will not be able to follow the original plan of releasing it this April. Instead, it would be released in May and the smartphone would only begin its production at the end of the month.

Chen added that besides planning for the BlackBerry KEYonethe company has released two phones and they have helped their partners in launching two phones. The first phone is in Indonesia and the other one is at Mobile World Congress which notably came with a physical keyboard for Android. 

But there is a contrary of statement coming from one of the officials of TCL Communication, the Chinese multinational company owning the property rights of BlackBerry. TLC Communication's North America division General Manager Steve Cistulli said in his tweet that the production of the BlackBeryy KEYone is already in the process.

He confirmed the release date delay of the BlackBerry KEYone. Cistulli also hopes that the handset will be launched in the US and Canada this May.

There could be more other possible reasons as to why the BlackBerry KEYone faced delay. For one, it would have a face-to-face battle with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ in the release.

It is not assured that Samsung's handhelds would reach great numbers, especially with its unpopularity caused but its predecessor phone, but it is safe to assume that the BlackBerry KEYone will not be near their sales.

Blackberry KEYone is a mid-range handset that consists of a physical QWERTY keyboard. the unique feature that attracts the fans of the phone. The device is formerly known as Blackberry Mercury.

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