Blackberry announces the Blackberry KEY2

Blackberry announces the Blackberry KEY2

Blackberry announces the Blackberry KEY2

So, what do you think of the BlackBerry Key2? There are 64 and 128GB storage options, the battery didn't take a hit, and there's Quick Charge 3.0 included this time around, plus your typical upgrades to Bluetooth 5.0 and the like.

Both offer expandable storage thanks to MicroSD support.

Coming to the display, it packs a 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) 3:2 display with 433 PPI and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

On the back of the Key2 sit dual 12MP cameras, one with an f/1.8 aperture and the other an f/2.6 aperture. It sports an 8MP front camera for selfies and video calls. It also has 8 megapixels front camera. The KEY2 runs the latest Android Oreo operating system with DTEK, BlackBerry's security software.

The keyboard has been slightly refined on the KEY2, which is good since that's literally the single defining feature of the phone.

The battery is also the same at a decent 3500mAh. Arriving just after a year, the BlackBerry Key2 carries the same design as that of its ancestor with a lot of fine notable enhancements. This includes a more compact chassis and a re-positioned convenience key, that's now located on the right along with the power and volume rocker.

The display is unchanged since the KeyOne.

- The USP of the KEY2, still remains to be, its full-scale physical QWERTY that lies in continuation with the touch screen. Pressing the speed and another key like "G" will launch the Google app. They have managed squeeze in keys that are 20% larger than the previous generation.

"You know how often it is - especially if I can relate it culturally to the Middle East - that you show someone a picture on your phone and they start scrolling through all pictures on there".

You don't buy BlackBerry phones for their excellent cameras, but this is another area where the KEY2 should offer some serious improvements. 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.

In fact, the Key2 is the first BlackBerry with a dual rear camera.

The new Key2 is made of Series 7 aluminum alloy frame and comes with a "textured diamond grip" which makes it easier to hold, claims the company. Optiemus Infracom is the home-grown telecom enterprise, responsible for manufacturing BlackBerry Android handsets in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

TCL also produces smartphones under the Alcatel brand.

The phone itself will begin shipping later this month for a recommended $649 price point.

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