TCL launches BlackBerry KEY2 with dual rear cameras

Nichole VegaJun 10, 2018

In terms of design, the BlackBerry Key2 looks more or less the same as the KeyONE.

Under the auspices of TCL Communications since 2016, BlackBerry Mobile had a similar stab at combining retro chic with modern software with last year's Key One phone.

The most important feature on the BlackBerry KEY2 has to be its physical QWERTY 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.

The KEY2 retains the same 4.5-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1080 x 1620 pixels resolution. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The new KEY2 incorporates a sleek Series 7 aluminium frame, with an updated soft touch back for more grip.

As for specs, the Key2 comes with an upgraded Snapdragon 660 processor and an impressive 6GB of RAM. According to rumors, it consists of a primary 12-megapixel sensor and a secondary 8-megapixel lens. The front-facing camera is a single 8MP fixed-focus snapper for clicking selfies. The cameras at the back support PDAF, HDR and 4K video recordings at 30FPS. The powerful mid-range chipset will be coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage.

Processor: Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU. Quick Charge 3.0 can get the battery from zero to 50 per cent in 36 minutes. A headphone jack serves for audio output alongside a loudspeaker. Device happy Android 8.1 with USB Type-C standard USB 3.0, Bluetooth 5.0 and the presence of NFC.

The successor to TCL's flagship KeyOne smartphone, the Key2 is continuing the focus on a candybar design complete with a physical QWERTY keyboard. The keys are now 20% taller with a matte finish and they have also improved the spacing as well. And of course, a fingerprint sensor sits within the space bar. A year ago it accounted for less than 0.1 per cent of smartphone sales, according to industry analysts IDC. Flick Typing is also there.

It also includes the introduction of Speed Key, a universal shortcut key that now makes it possible to instantly access the apps, contacts and functions you use most from anywhere on your device at any time. Press a combination of this and a letter key and you can easily jump between apps. But, that required you to be on the homescreen and not in any other app.

There is a new dedicated key called "Speed key".

Finally, talking about the pricing, the Blackberry Key2 is available in two color options - Full Black and one with Silver Accent.

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