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China's TCL Launches High-End Blackberry Smartphone In US

China's TCL Launches High-End Blackberry Smartphone In US

Following the lukewarm response towards KEYone smartphone despite positive reviews, BlackBerry is hell-bent on making an irresistible impact with a new model, KEY2. For example, the keyboard is 20% larger on the KEY2 when compared to the KEYone, which itself is a big deal for many. The Key2's keyboard now has a newer feature called Speed Key, which is a customisable key for accessing apps and contacts by creating shortcuts. BlackBerry says it'll begin shipping this month around the world and will start at $649.

Coming to the spec sheet, the latest launch comes with a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1,620 x 1,080 pixels resolution. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Also doubling is the amount of internal storage, to 64GB.

The new offering, revealed in NY, runs Android 8.1 Oreo and is the first BlackBerry to feature a dual-rear camera - now considered standard on even mid-range phones. These 12MP snappers offer better white balance, faster autofocus and improved stabilisation, and the new Optical Superzoom and Portrait modes make it a more than capable option for on-the-go shutterbugs. The front-facing camera picks up its own flash, too. For security, BlackBerry KEY2 comes preloaded with DTEK™ by BlackBerry application that removes the complexity of security by providing an "at a glance" security meter. Most OEMs would not dare release a high-profile smartphone today not powered by Qualcomm's 800-series, let alone the 845, but that is exactly what BlackBerry Mobile has done with the KEY2 due to the inclusion of a Snapdragon 660 SoC.

TCL Corporations has unveiled its new BlackBerry Key2 on Thursday 7 June.

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".

BlackBerry's share of the global smartphone market has fallen to virtually zero from a peak of more than half a decade ago. There's a fingerprint scanner that doubles up as the space key and like the KEYone, the device retains the trackpad functionality through its physical keyboard.

The new device is an upgrade to the BlackBerry KeyOne, which launched in the spring of a year ago. There's also 64 or 128GB of storage with microSD card expansion. For power, a 3500mAh battery is on board which is rechargeable via the USB-C port equipped with Quick Charge 3.0.

In the camera department, we see that the Key2 has a dual-camera setup which is an improvement over the single camera in the KeyONE.

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.


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