The BlackBerry Key2 is now official with a physical keyboard

The BlackBerry Key2 is now official with a physical keyboard

The BlackBerry Key2 is now official with a physical keyboard

"BlackBerry has been iterating and perfecting our approach to mobile security for decades, and we're excited to have this new genuine, modern BlackBerry smartphone available for our fans around the world to enjoy", said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. The keys have a matte finish as well this time and the new speed key can launch an app, or call a favourite contact or access functions from anywhere in the UI.

BlackBerry KEY2 price has been set at $649 (roughly Rs. 43,800) in the United States and will start shipping globally sometime later this month. The resolution is a unique 1620 x 1080 with 3:2 aspect ratio, and while some apps will look fine, some others may not adapt as well. The handset is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, combined with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with two internal storage options 64GB and 128GB.

Also new this year: the BlackBerry Key2 has a dual 12-megapixel rear camera that has portrait mode and Google Lens built in. The secondary camera is telephoto for up to 2X optical zoom similar to how things are in the Samsung Galaxy S9+. It's preloaded with the DTEK by BlackBerry app, which gives a security audit of the phone including what data and hardware access each app is claiming. Previous year the smartphone company had launched BlackBerry KEYone which is the predecessor to the latest release.

"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.

In terms of connectivity, the BlackBerry Key2 will support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, USB OTG, DP through Type-C port, FM radio, NFC, and 4G VoLTE. You can record video in 4K at 30 FPS, dual-tone flash helps to brighten dark scenes, and there's Phase Detection Autofocus. By marrying the Snapdragon 660 with a decently-sized 3,500 mAh battery, the Key2 promises some impressive battery endurance. The space bar doubles as a camera shutter and a fingerprint scanner and the entire keyboard work as a touchpad for scrolling and gestures.

Chinese electronics company TCL today announced the BlackBerry Key2, priced at $649 United States dollars, $829 CAD, €649, and £579. BlackBerry says it will use AI to warn users how much battery life they have left. On the software front, BlackBerry Key2 will debut with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box. You can even have two shortcuts per key - one for a short-press and one for a long-press.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will be available sometime this month, but there's no specific date yet.

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