Australian pricing for BlackBerry KEYone
$899 for the BlackBerry KEYone when it arrives in July.
One of the more surprising success stories to come out of this year's Mobile World Congress was the reemergence of BlackBerry via the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone. It's the first BlackBerry handset not produced by BlackBerry itself, but instead under a licensing agreement with Chinese manufacturer TCL, who also produce phones sold in Australia under the Alcatel brand.
TCL has announced Australian availability for the KEYone, which will go on sale in Australia in July through JB Hi-Fi stores for $899 outright. TCL has also opened up registration for what it's calling "exclusive pre-orders", although it's not clear what exclusive benefits you might get for doing so.
There's no sign as yet of any carriers picking up the KEYone for contract sales. Via Alcatel a number of budget range handsets produced by TCL are available through carriers for outright purchase, but it's rare to see their handsets offered under contract.
We were impressed with the KEYone when we got hands-on time with the handset in Barcelona, which you can read about here. Stay tuned for our full review.
Blackberry KEYone Specifications
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|