BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY

Angelica Greene
June 8, 2018

Meanwhile, the 4.5-inch touchscreen now gets 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3, which promises to be more scratch-resistant. You also have your choice between 64 or 128GB of internal storage, both of which can be upgraded to 256GB via a microSD card.

TCL is set to announce the BlackBerry Key2 on June 7. Flick typing is supported, and you can swipe your thumb atop the keyboard and use it as a trackpad.

Based on leaks, BlackBerry Key2 is not going to look too different from the original KeyOne which was launched in 2017.

As we've learned to expect, the phone features a physical keyboard (fingerprint sensor is still in the space bar, it's now backlit, and key height has been increased by 20 percent), Android 8.1 Oreo (the KeyOne was the first BlackBerry Android phone to run the latest version, and the Key2 is keeping up with that trend), Google apps, the Play Store, and monthly security updates, plus BlackBerry's additional security, privacy, and productivity tools. Hit that, plus any other key, and you get up to 52 shortcuts to apps, contacts, or other functions. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C. Those cameras will be able to shoot 4K and 1080p videos. On the front, the KEY2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera. As for sound there's still a 3.5mm headphone jack, which will please many, or you can go wireless with Bluetooth 5.0.

Critics have argued that DTEK is simply window dressing - that it merely promotes awareness about security, but actually does very little to make BlackBerry's newest phones any safer than their Android counterparts from rival companies.

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This is the Blackberry Key2 with dual rear cameras & QWERTY Keyboard
Connectivity options on the BlackBerry KEY2 are likely to include the 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C, 4G LTE and dual-SIM support. The device will be powered by a 3360mAh battery with Quick Charge facility and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

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"This is bringing new challenges to the industry".

Also installed out of the box is Locker, which offers private folders for documents and photos.

"Security has never been so relevant and so important as today", Alain Lejeune, president of BlackBerry Mobile and senior vice-president, TCL communication, said in introducing the KEY2, the flagship smartphone replacing the KEYone. 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. As a reference, the previous BlackBerry KEYone was launched in Malaysia for RM2,688 with 6% GST. A dual-SIM model will be sold in select regions, like the Middle East, APAC, India, and Indonesia.

Pricing for the device, which is available later this month, starts at $649.

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

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