BlackBerry is still around in one form or another, and their newest phone called the “KEYone” will be available in South Africa this month.
The key feature of the KEYone, as the name suggests, is a physical keyboard which sits below a 4.5″ screen with a resolution of 1080×1620.
For its launch in the country the phone will be exclusive to Vodacom and the online store Cellucity. You can preorder the phone from Cellucity right now for a 7th August release, or walk into a Vodacom store on the 8th.
You’ll be paying R9 649 outright or R479 per month on a 24-month uChoose Vodacom Flexi 200 contract contract.
For that price you’ll be getting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-based Android 7.1 system with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage which can be expanded with up to 256 GB.
The back snapper is 12MP and the selfie cam is 8MP. A 3505mAh battery powers everything.
We managed to get our hands on a unit at the launch in Johannesburg and our first impressions were rather positive. The touchscreen works well and the keyboard is easy to use – even if you have large chubby fingers like our editor, Nick Cowen. The back of the device has a leather-feel grip so it sits snugly in your hand. Oh, and the space bar doubles as a fingerprint sensor.