BlackBerry KEY2 unveiled, touts physical keyboard and touch display

BlackBerry KEY2 unveiled, touts physical keyboard and touch display

The BlackBerry Key2 succeeds the BlackBerry KeyOne, also made by TCL, and, yes, both companies realized it would probably be a good idea to stop spelling out the number.

The BlackBerry Key2 will start at $649 and will be available for preorder in seven countries including the United States starting later this month. A year later the KEY2 has arrived packing a similar design with plenty of refinements, on the surface and under the hood.

The firm says that this is the most advanced BlackBerry ever, promising up to two days of battery life, 6GB RAM, and up to 128GB of on-board storage.

Compared to the KeyOne, the keys offered on the Key2 are 20 per cent bigger.

Key2 still has a 4.5-inch display with 1620 x 1080 pixels with the 3:2 aspect ratio like the KEYone, which had the same 4.5-inch LCD IPS display with 1620 x 1080. Dual-cameras are now ubiquitous, and TCL has accordingly packed two 12MP shooters into the Key2.

Front camera: On the front, the BlackBerry KEY2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.

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On the BlackBerry KeyOne, each key was customizable, meaning you could set it up as a shortcut to access from your home screen.

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

Battery: The BlackBerry KEY2 is backed by a 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C. Hopefully, that will give the Key2 a nice speed upgrade. They're matte finish, too, with a new fret design that tweaks the key spacing.

- The USP of the KEY2, still remains to be, its full-scale physical QWERTY that lies in continuation with the touch screen. If the microphone is triggered by an app, the phone will give a warning - a clear appeal to consumers who may be anxious by stories about virtual assistants like Google's Alexa eavesdropping on them. You still get in-keyboard fingerprint recognition.

Such features help make KEY2 "the most secure Android product in the market today", Alain Lejeune, president of TCL's BlackBerry Mobile unit, said before Thursday's product launch in NY. Also present is the Locker app which helps protect a user's privacy by adding an additional layer of authentication. BlackBerry has also added in portrait mode so that you can add a blurry background to your photos if you'd like. It will be made available in Black and Grey colour options. The device will be released in the global market in July.

BlackBerry KEY2 price has been set at $649 (roughly Rs. 43,800) in the U.S. and will start shipping globally sometime later this month. The BlackBerry KEY2 will start at $649, and you can register for pre-order updates here.

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