Introducing BlackBerry KEY2 - An Icon Reborn

Isaac Cain
June 8, 2018

While the KEY2 release includes a new camera and a tweaked QWERTY keyboard, it is clear that TCL is seeking to encourage business users, who once fuelled BlackBerry smartphones' success, by delivering improved security and privacy in an Android phone. The screen is once again a 4.5-inch panel with a 1620 x 1080 resolution, and the 3:2 aspect ratio makes a return, too.

"This is bringing new challenges to the industry".

The KEY2 also reportedly comes with enhanced privacy and security features, with the maker stating that the "BlackBerry KEY2 is the most secure Android smartphone". Unlike the BlackBerry deal, TCL controls the software on Alcatel devices, TCL said. For example, the keyboard is 20% larger on the KEY2 when compared to the KEYone, which itself is a big deal for many. BlackBerry will also be hosting pop-up stores across cities like New York City, a la OnePlus, so potential buyers can come and experience the KEY2. Here's everything you need to know about the BlackBerry Key2, including its design, expected price, features, and more. An octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor is stuffed in there along with 6GB of RAM - double what was in the KEYone - and 64GB or 128GB of storage. BlackBerry stripped away the KeyOne's gaudy metallic accents, frets between the key rows and overly rounded edges for a sharper, more minimalist vibe that really lets the 7000-series aluminum frame stand on its own.

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Also new on the KEY2 is the Speed Key. There's a dual tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording.

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. Battery life is up to two days with a feature that follows your charging habits and learns to when to prompt you for a recharge to keep the phone running through a meeting or flight. For safer browsing, it even comes preloaded with Firefox Focus. This should offer some pretty decent portrait performance, but I don't expect anything groundbreaking, considering that photography has never been a core concern of BlackBerry's userbase.

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

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