U.S. based carrier Sprint was the first company to bring the Blackberry KEYone smartphone stateside. The carrier started the sale on the handset initially just for online purchases and direct shipping. However, rather being late than never, Sprint has finally started the sale for the KEYone, from its physical retail stores. Thus, if you are a Sprint subscriber looking to pick up a BlackBerry smartphone, hop into any of its Brick And Mortar stores and pick up the brand new KEYone at its sale price.

Sprint extends KEYone sales to its physical locations

The KEYone can be purchased for $528 outright. However, if a customer wants to avail the Sprint Flex 18-month lease, then they can purchase the smartphone by paying $22 each month for the next 18 months or one and a half years. The consumer will also be eligible for an upgradation if he/she makes monthly payments for the smartphone regularly for 12 months. In that case, the consumer is eligible to upgrade to an Apple iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ and other smartphones listed under Sprint Deals. Given that the sale of the KEYone was announced on Saturday, July 28, it is advisable to call and check the availability of the smartphone first before running down to purchase it.

BlackBerry KEYone specs and features

The TCL-made BlackBerry smartphone boasts a not-so-huge 4.5-inch IPS LCD scratch resistant display with a 1620 x 1080 pixels resolution. The smartphone, however, runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and not Marshmallow. The feature that stands out in this smartphone is the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keypad.

The touch-enabled keypad boasts of the fingerprint sensor and can detect screen flick typing. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, which clocks at 2.0 GHz. The device also supports Adreno 506 GPU.

Armed with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of native storage, the user can put in additional memory to up to 2 TB via a microSD card.

In terms of camera, the BlackBerry device sports a 12-megapixel primary camera with autofocus and 4K video recording support. The secondary selfie snapper of 8 megapixels comes with Wide Selfie mode and front LCD flash. A 3,505 mAh non-removable battery keeps the lights on of the new smartphone. Apart from that, the company claims that the battery comes with quick charging support, enabling the smartphone to take in 50 percent charge within 36 minutes.