* BlackBerry KeyOne set to go on sale next month
* Features 4.5″ screen and classic BlackBerry keyboard
* No word yet on pricing
They say everything old is new again, and that could also apply to your cell phone. BlackBerry is prepping for a comeback, with the launch of their new BlackBerry KeyOne.
The new phone will run on an Android platform and is set to go on sale next month. Formerly called the “Mercury,” the KeyOne features a 4.5″ screen, 12MP camera and 32GB of storage. It will all run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with a huge 3505mAh battery.
The most nostalgic — and, according to the company, still the best — feature: BlackBerry’s familiar keyboard, which allows users to type onto instinctive keys, as opposed to typing on a touch-screen. The keyboard has always been BlackBerry’s signature feature, helping it stand out from its sea of competitors.
Among the other features: a 1620 x 1080 LCD screen house in a sleeker, slimmer design. Though the phone is launching in an era where everyone from your teenager to your grandparents own an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry says its focus is still on the business person, who wants a reliable smartphone for daily work use.
The KeyOne will come unlocked, and will be available through Sprint. The phone is expected to drop May 31.