BlackBerry's keyboard phone sells May 31, comes to Sprint this summer

We'll have first impressions of the production unit and a review for you shortly.

At an event in London today, the company revealed that the BlackBerry KEYone is now available in the UK. An unlocked version of the phone will be priced starting at $549 in the U.S. In 2015, BlackBerry released the Priv, its first Android smartphone, as part of its shift away from its proprietary operating system.

The BlackBerry Keyone comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p full HD display and it's being powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Eager beavers will be able to pre-order the BlackBerry KEYone starting May 18 from select partners. It also features a 12MP rear camera (1.55um) with the Sony IMX378 sensor and an 8MP front-facing sensor. While no details have been shared by the carrier, the BlackBerry KEYone is now listed as "coming soon" on its website.

So, BlackBerry is hoping that this phone not only pulls in those who still pine for a physical keyboard, but also those Android die-hards who wouldn't mind having a bit of BlackBerry flair to their phone. For now, the smartphone manufacturer is celebrating the United Kingdom release of the BlackBerry KEYone at Selfridges, London.

As for software, the BlackBerry KeyOne has Android 7.1 Nougat onboard, as you'd expect of a smartphone launched in 2017. The cleverest addition to the keyboard has to be the fingerprint scanner that's been embedded on the spacebar. There's no word when BlackBerry plans to bring the KeyOne to India.

In Canada, the smartphone will be available through Rogers, Bell, SaskTel and Telus for C$199 on a 2-year contract. The battery charges to 50 percent after half an hour of charge.

BlackBerry's brand continues to live in the form of its latest smartphone, KEYone, which was unveiled by Alcatel phone maker "TCL" at MWC'17 earlier this year.

Eager fans can head to the Selfridges Home and Tech department to get their hands on the device, which is on sale for £499.