There's a brand new BlackBerry on the way

10 June, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • TCL launches the BlackBerry Key2 for $649

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. At $649, this is an overpriced phone, and if you care about specifications, $529 gets you a OnePlus 6 with nearly all the high-end specs you want in a premium phone. Connectivity options on the BlackBerry KEY2 include 4G LTE (on both SIM cards), Bluetooth v5.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C. It will be an interesting fight between the Android bigwigs and BlackBerry, which has a major nostalgia trick in play. It features a 4.5-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio. The display is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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. The BlackBerry Key2 comes with a dual rear camera of twelve megapixel, which offers portrait mode along with in-built Google Lens. The primary sensor has a FoV (Field of View) of 79.3 degrees and an f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary sensor has a 50-degree FoV and f/2.6 aperture. The front-facing camera picks up its own flash, too.

The rear camera can shoot 4K videos at 30fps while the front camera can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. Under the hood, they have updated the processor to a more powerful Snapdragon 660 unit with 6GB of RAM. The 64-bit Snapdragon 660 has Kryo 260 cores (2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4). It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. The keys are arranged in a free pattern with a matte finish. The space bar doubles as a camera shutter and a fingerprint scanner and the entire keyboard work as a touchpad for scrolling and gestures.


There's no escaping how iconic of a brand BlackBerry is and being iconic - identifiable - in today's market is becoming more important each year. Flick Typing is also there. Also, there is a new feature called Speed Key, which lets you set customisable shortcuts to instantly access apps, contacts, and functions. Press a combination of this and a letter key and you can easily jump between apps.

Its built-in Dtek app shows your security settings at a glance, so you can quickly view and manage app permissions, such as which ones can access your location, camera or microphone.

For example, holding the Speed Key and pressing the T key can be set to launch Twitter, bypassing the need to launch the app from the phone's home screen. Alongside that, to ensure that even the heaviest of users can get through a full day, there's a 3,500mAh battery equipped with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

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