Sunday, 24 June, 2018

TCL unveils the BlackBerry KEY2

TCL launches the BlackBerry Key2 for $649 BlackBerry Key2 specs, photos leak ahead of June 7 reveal
Oscar Goodwin | 08 June, 2018, 16:07

BlackBerry says the KEY2 will arrive later this month for $649, making it $100 more expensive than last year's KeyOne at launch.

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

While the KeyOne and Key2 certainly look like they're related, there are plenty of differences between them.

The keyboard was pretty good on the KeyOne, but it's better here.

The Key2 is the follow-up to last year's KeyOne.

The KeyOne's keys are quite small and finished with a glossy coating. It's much easier to comfortably, and quickly, move across the keys and to type faster. It offered a big battery, solid performance, secure software and, of course, a satisfying and innovative physical keyboard. Replacing the "shift" key on the right-hand side, just hold this down and press any of the other keys to trigger pre-programmed shortcuts.

New on the KEY2 is a speed key which works like a Function key. You can set a different shortcut to each key, so if you frequent Maps, Instagram, Twitter and Gmail you can jump between all these without going back to the homescreen.

One of the main reasons the KEYone stood out so much was thanks to its productivity-focused design.

Both keyboards have a touch sensitive surface so that you can swipe up and down through lists, as well as left and right. Also, BlackBerry says the keyboard now has more responsive and clickier keys. Here's a closer look at the BlackBerry KEY2.

The KEY2 retains the same 4.5-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1080 x 1620 pixels resolution.

Further, the video confirms that BlackBerry is hopping on the dual-camera bandwagon with the Key2, but it's unclear what it intends to use the setup for. It consists of a 12MP f/1.8 main shooter and a secondary 12MP f/2.6 camera that offers 2X Optical zoom and portrait bokeh effects. There should also be improvements to white balance and focussing.

The KEY2 runs on the new Android Oreo 8.1 operating system and has 6GB of RAM, with 64GB and 128GB storage options and expandable MicroSD storage. Having increased the RAM is a nice touch here as multitasking could feel sluggish on the KeyOne.

BlackBerry has launched the KEY2, an old-school BlackBerry QWERTY phone with modern Android software.

Arguably the best KeyOne feature was the fantastic endurance. A 3500mAh battery powers in the internals from underneath the hood. Hopefully things will be the same here. Providing juice is a huge 3,500 mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0. The KEY2 also comes preloaded with a DTEK app that shows the phone's overall security rating and provides insight into how apps are using data, as well as managing app permissions.

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