For the first time on a BlackBerry, the KEY2 comes with dual-cameras at the rear.
"Although there are many different smartphones for consumers to choose from today, most tend to offer very similar experiences without much distinction from one to the next", said Alain Lejeune, head of TCL's BlackBerry Mobile division. Unveiled in NY today, the TCL-made smartphone delivers what we've come to expect from the BlackBerry brand of late: the combination of a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard in a minimalistically-handsome design, along with the latest version of Google's OS. Here's everything you need to know about the BlackBerry Key2, including its design, expected price, features, and more.
BlackBerry KEY2 is built around an aluminium alloy frame with a form factor of 151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm and a textured back for better grip.
The BlackBerry KEY2 is now official. By marrying the Snapdragon 660 with a decently-sized 3,500 mAh battery, the Key2 promises some impressive battery endurance. The BlackBerry Key2 is both slimmer and lighter than the BlackBerry KeyOne, has a larger 4.5-inch display that's almost edge-to-edge, and has a larger physical keyboard.
Our first impression of the BlackBerry KEY2 is that the "reborn icon" comes with just the right amount of design refinements and performance upgrades over the well-reviewed KEYone. The QWERTY still supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also 52 app shortcuts via short and long press.More news: Medical mystery in China: Are Canadian diplomats affected?
BlackBerry has kept the battery size same at 3500mAh and it has Quick Charge 3.0 support too.
Keyboard has bigger keys with matte finish, and there's a new shortcut key. Those cameras will be able to shoot 4K and 1080p videos.
A security meter on the KEY2, DTEK, gives users a snapshot of what's going on with their apps - how they are accessing data and what they have permission to use, such as a camera or microphone.
The front gets an 8-megapixel fixed focus camera with 1080/30p video recording.
BlackBerry Key2 launch: What to expect? Across Europe, the suggested retail price is €649, while the handset is going for £579 and $829 in the United Kingdom and Canada respectively.