BlackBerry KeyOne in South Africa — prices, launch date

TCL Communications and Vodacom have launched the BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone in South Africa. Vodacom will be the exclusive launch partner for the BlackBerry KeyOne, offering the device through its various franchises around the country from 8 August. Pre-orders are available through Cellucity’s website[1], which states that it will release the device to buyers from 7 August.

Previously code-named “Mercury”, the BlackBerry KeyOne features a touch-sensitive physical keyboard and runs on the Android 7.1 mobile operating system. Its touch-sensitive keyboard lets you navigate around the system without touching the screen and offers BlackBerry’s flick typing system on physical keys. BlackBerry KeyOne will retail for R9,649, and will be available for R479 per month on a 24-month Vodacom uChoose Flexi 200 contract.

TCL said the end of its exclusivity period with Vodacom has not yet been determined.

The specifications of the device are summarised in the table below.

BlackBerry KeyOne Specifications
Maker TCL Communications
Dimensions 149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4mm
Weight 180g
Operating system Android 7.1
Display 4.5-inch 1,080 x 1,620 IPS
Rear camera 12MP
Front camera 8MP
Storage, internal 32GB
Storage, expandable MicroSD
Processor 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625
Graphics Adreno 506
Battery 3,505mAh
Cellular data LTE Cat.


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  1. ^ Cellucity’s website (
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