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A space black version of BlackBerry's KeyOne is coming to AT&T

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AT&T announced today that it’ll start carrying an exclusive black version of the Blackberry KeyOne on September 1st

The phone came out in May this year and was initially available unlocked. It features a physical keyboard, a relatively untouched version of Android Nougat, and a small 4.5-inch, 1620 x 1080 pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. My colleague Dan Seifert liked it when he reviewed it, but was worried at the time about software updates. Although with AT&T now stocking the phone, it might be more likely to be updated over-the-air. The company says the KeyOne will cost $16.67 for 30 months, or $500, through AT&T Next.

BlackBerry released this black model abroad, and this is the first time it'll be available in the US. I don't necessarily think the color will draw lots of people, but a phone with a physical keyboard that's sitting in AT&T stores might get some looks and maybe buyers. Obviously, black phones are the choice of serious business folk, too, so if that's the audience AT&T wants to attract with the KeyOne, a black model makes sense.