BlackBerry unveils the Blackberry KEYone Black Edition

Alex Kidman 1 September 2017 NEWS


The updated BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition will hit Australia in November.

BlackBerry as a brand was reintroduced to the world back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with the KEYone, the first new BlackBerry phone produced by TCL. The KEYone was only recently launched in Australia. Now at the IFA trade show in Berlin, BlackBerry has unveiled the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition.

As the name suggests, this isn't a complete reinvention of the BlackBerry KEYone, but instead a slightly souped-up version in a darker hue. Specifically, the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition ups the internal RAM from 3GB in the original to 4GB, as well as doubling the internal storage to 64GB (plus any microSD card storage you care to throw into it).

That should mean a slight uptick in performance for the BlackBerry KEYone, something we noted as a distinct issue when we reviewed the basic model earlier this year.

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition will go on sale in Australia in November, according to local representatives, with an outright price of $899, which is the same as the existing KEYone handset right now. As such, if you're keen on the KEYone already, it might make sense to wait a couple of months and get an improved version of the only keyboard-toting handset on the market. There's no official word as yet as to what will happen with local pricing for the original KEYone.

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition Specifications

Product Name
BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition
Display Size
4.5 inches
1080 x 1620
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Operating System
Android 7.1.1
Front camera
Rear camera
3505 mAh
149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm
$899 outright

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