BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY

Otis Hoffman
June 8, 2018

Gareth Hurn, global head of device portfolio for BlackBerry Mobile at TCL, introduces the new BlackBerry Key2 smartphone during a product launch event in NY on June 7, 2018. The new device also features Speed Key, a universal shortcut key that lets users access instantly access the apps, contacts and phone functions that they use most often. With a "hardened" operating system to defend against attacks, the KEY2 is described by TCL Communication as "the most secure Android smartphone". 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. The screen is once again a 4.5-inch panel with a 1620 x 1080 resolution, and the 3:2 aspect ratio makes a return, too.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale later this month for a reasonable $649 - an exact date is not yet known, though. There's a new texture on the back of the device, a dark metal frame, and refreshed buttons. Unlike the BlackBerry deal, TCL controls the software on Alcatel devices, TCL said. An octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor is stuffed in there along with 6GB of RAM - double what was in the KEYone - and 64GB or 128GB of storage. 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. For example, the keyboard is 20% larger on the KEY2 when compared to the KEYone, which itself is a big deal for many.

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"This is bringing new challenges to the industry". It comes preloaded with DTEK by BlackBerry application that removes the complexity of security by providing an "at a glance" security meter. There's a dual tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording.

Powering the KEY2 is a 3,500mAh battery which is rated to last up to 2 days on a single charge. New this time around is that the device ships with Firefox Focus, which Mozilla incidentally updated with cookie management and autocomplete improvements just a couple of weeks ago. Across Europe, the suggested retail price is €649, while the handset is going for £579 and $829 in the United Kingdom and Canada respectively.

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Other than that, there's relatively little changed to Android 8.1 Oreo, though the BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Launcher are included.

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