BlackBerry Unveils New 'KEY2' For US$649

Here’s the sequel to the surprisingly nice Black Berry KeyOne		
		
	Brian Heater

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Here’s the sequel to the surprisingly nice Black Berry KeyOne Brian Heater @ 7 hours

Chinese electronics firm TCL has launched its latest high-end BlackBerry device under licence from Canada's BlackBerry Ltd, featuring unique security and privacy features - and BlackBerry's signature hardware keyboard. 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.

Design-wise, it has a Series 7 aluminium frame that comes in Black and Silver and a back with a diamond pattern finish.

BlackBerry KEY2 specifications BlackBerry KEY2 features a 4.5-inch IPS display with 1620x1080pixels resolution and an aspect ratio of 3:2.

The device is powered by a Snapdragon 660 64bit SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. A new Speed key is also there on the keyboard that is for the shortcuts like launching any app or calling any specific contact. There's also 64 or 128GB of storage with microSD card expansion. "They appeal mainly to a small corporate audience who feel attached to the format of a physical keyboard, and tend to respect the brand's aura as a white-collar power tool with good security features". This dual camera system offers the usual portrait depth mode as well as the ability to enable a 2x optical zoom without losing any detail.

- The BlackBerry KEY2 looks exactly like the KEYone, although a few changes that have been brought in, this year, should help improve ergonomics and hand-hold feel. BlackBerry also teased it'll be available on carriers and sim-free. This might be a new multitasking button, although this is just speculation at this point. So there are two examples of just display-related aspects that are not only different but the opposite of what OEMs now see as conventional thinking and consumer must-haves. It lets you launch apps by pressing the key and the letter assigned to the app. But there is a missed-logic here as the more display space is only needed if the device is primarily focused on the touch-based interface, and this is where BlackBerry Mobile has been smart as its interpretation of Android is not exclusively touch-based. In terms of connectivity, it has 802.11ac 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC and there's also a headphone jack.

Lejeune added: "BlackBerry phones are the world's most secure Android smartphones".

BlackBerry Key2 will be available for pre-order in select markets like US, China, UAE in June, while its global launch will begin in early July. Specifically, it's the first BlackBerry phone to feature a dual-camera setup.

Battery: 3360mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

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