BlackBerry KEY2 Is Now Official

Ruben Fields
June 7, 2018

In the USA, the BlackBerry KEY2 will sell at a starting price of $649 which roughly translates to Rs 43,726.

TCL did not share an exact launch date.

It is also the first BlackBerry device to feature dual rear camera which is consisted of a 12MP f/1.8 dual PDAF camera and another 12MP f/2.6 PDAF camera. Although the KEY2 will be available for buying in the West this month, in global markets (including in India), the phone will be available for buying in July, BlackBerry has confirmed.

The new device, which includes a physical keyboard under a 4.5 inch screen and runs the Android operating system updates the first BlackBerry Key released previous year. Now, if the original KEYone wowed you with its one-of-a-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry's push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will literally blow your minds with everything that's in store. 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. Oh, and the headphone jack remains.

Dual cameras, new apps, better security, improved privacy, and all that jazz are nice. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 64GB of storage (double that of its predecessor, and a 128GB variant will also be available) with a microSD slot, 6GB of RAM (doubled), and a 3500 mAh battery (same). But the unique feature is the Speed Key, situated in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard. Still, the phone proved fairly popular, and today, we're getting its successor, the BlackBerry Key2. BlackBerry is also introducing a new Speed Key that lets you use custom shortcuts from anywhere on the screen. If you are into BlackBerrys and you long for the feel of physical keys below your thumbs, though, the KEY2 looks to be a nice upgrade over the KEYone.

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TCL also produces smartphones under the Alcatel brand.

"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", Alain Lejeune, senior vice president of TCL Communication and president of Blackberry Mobile, said in a statement.

In other words, the message is the same as a year ago.

What do you think of the BlackBerry KEY2? But it will cost you $100 more than past year.

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