BlackBerry Announces Key2 Mid-Range Android Phone With Physical Keyboard

10 June, 2018, 02:45 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • TCL launches the Black Berry Key2 for $649

An exact release date has not been pencilled in yet but it will begin shipping this month.

The Blackberry KEY2 should be arriving in the coming weeks.

If want know everything about the BlackBerry KEY2, don't forget to tune in tomorrow at 10 am EDT. Overseas, it'll be available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants - both of which feature a MicroSD slot.

The new Key2 will cost £579 and for that users get a device running the latest version of Android, as well as a 4.5-inch touchscreen and a keyboard BlackBerry says is "intelligent".

The cameras are also capable of recording videos in 4K resolution at 30fps.

KEY2 is also touted to be the most secure Android smartphone with enhanced security and privacy features built-in as private browse (Firefox Focus), which lets you browse the internet with no tracking, and no history recording.

As had been discussed through leaks, the BlackBerry KEY² looks a lot like its predecessor and is a continuation of the KEYone in many aspects if not all.

Tech websites suggested the processor made it one of the lower powered flagships available but that its advertised two-day battery life and sleek design would prove popular, as would the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature being phased out by some other brands. Other core specs reportedly include a 3,500-mAh battery and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 clocked at 2.2 GHz.

The new KEY2 incorporates a sleek Series 7 aluminium frame, with an updated soft touch back for more grip. However, only the KEY2 has a physical keyboard. They have managed squeeze in keys that are 20% larger than the previous generation. The 1620 x 1080 display on the Key2 is virtually identical to the KeyOne's screen, but thanks to a slimmer top bezel/forehead, it doesn't add much extra height to the phone. The BlackBerry KEY² has a pixel density of 433 ppi on its smaller than conventional display thus providing a crisper looking display on the front which is now protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

To many BlackBerry lovers' delight, the KEY2 is expected to sport a physical QWERTY keyboard like the KEYone. "We design them for security from the inside out and we're proud to partner with TCL Communication on the launch of their all-new BlackBerry KEY2", BlackBerry Mobility Solution SVP and GM Alex Thurber said.

While the BlackBerry KEYOne sported a single camera at the back, the BlackBerry KEY2 boasts a dual camera setup on its back. It consists of a 12MP f/1.8 main shooter and a secondary 12MP f/2.6 camera that offers 2X Optical zoom and portrait bokeh effects. The KEY² also equips Google Lens, meaning you can ask the Google Assistant find what exactly you see in front of you.

Gillian Shaw's airfare and accommodation to attend the BlackBerry KEY2 event was paid by TCL Communications.


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