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Jun 1, 2017
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We have the fondest memories of the BlackBerry phone. And if you feel nostalgic about it, we have good news for you: a new phone that features the beloved QWERTY keyboard you left behind in the late 2000s is making a comeback.

Called KEYone, the smartphone was released by TCL Communications, a China-based mobile manufacturer, which acquired a brand licensing agreement with the Canadian company.

Here’s the first look:

The first thing you’ll notice is the cool Chiclet keyboard reminiscent of older BB models. The space bar doubles as a finger print sensor for added security. Plus, they can now be customized to launch up to 52 shortcuts, such as pressing “I” to access inbox and “M” to access maps.

The fun rolly trackball, which is used for navigating the apps, has been replaced with a 4.5-inch screen display called trackpad.

Moreover, it features a 12 megapixel (MP) rear camera with a 8MP front camera and LCD flash. It has 32GB of storage, which could be expanded, thanks to the available micro SD slot.

The device is powered by Android 7.1, giving users access to Google Play store and apps.

It has been launched overseas for $549.99 (or roughly P27,500). As for a Philippine release, an announcement has yet to be made.

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