Last week, TCL-owned BlackBerry announced its new phone — BlackBerry Keyone Bronze Edition. As the name itself suggests, the distinguishing feature of the phone from the original one is the presence of bronze color on its frame and part of the back cover.
Today, the company announced that it has started taking pre-orders for the new colour option in China, making it the first market where the phone is available for purchase. In China, the device is being marketed as Elite Edition and has been listed on JD.com for pre-order. It is priced at 3,699 Yuan, which roughly converts to $575, which is same as the Black or Silver version. The shipment for the phone will begin on 23rd January.
At the time of announcement at CES, the company said that the Bronze Edition will be officially launched in the market starting from Q1 2018 in select markets, including Asian, European, and Middle East countries. In some regions, the device will be available with Dual SIM capabilities.
Apart from the colour change, everything else remains same on the device. To remind you of the specifications, the BlackBerry Keyone Bronze Edition features a 4.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution of 1060 x 1620 pixels.
The phone, which comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard, is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with two variants based on memory configuration — 3GB RAM or 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage or 64GB onboard storage.
It has a primary camera of 12-megapixel, while the secondary camera has an 8-megapixel resolution. The device runs on Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and is powered by a 3,505mAh battery. BlackBerry is reportedly working on the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the device, which could be available soon.