BlackBerry KEY2 launched with a physical keyboard, dual camera

Kelley Robertson
June 10, 2018

The resolution is a unique 1620 x 1080 with 3:2 aspect ratio, and while some apps will look fine, some others may not adapt as well.

A smartphone with a physical keyboard is something of an oddity in today's smartphone market, but after using the BlackBerry KEYone a year ago we can confirm that it's actually rather convenient. The first BlackBerry-branded smartphone to sport a dual camera setup takes advantage by incorporating features such as portrait mode and optical zoom. The KEY2 keyboard is 20 per cent larger than the KEYone and it has a new Speed Key that gives users a shortcut to apps on the phone. "We design them for security from the inside out and we're proud to partner with TCL Communication on the launch of their all-new BlackBerry KEY2", BlackBerry Mobility Solution SVP and GM Alex Thurber said. The smartphone has an 8MP front-facing camera with the display acting as a flash for low-light selfies. It packs a 3360mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.

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".

As well as the usual BlackBerry suite of software enhancements - like the Hub, Priority Edge, DTEK security app and Calendar - there are some newer additions to this Android Oreo device. Powering the smartphone is a 3500 mAh battery with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0.

"Although there are many different smartphones available for consumers today, most tend to offer very similar experiences without much distinction from one to the next", said Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President, TCL Communication & President, BlackBerry Mobile. The dual camera at the back can record 4K videos at 30fps while the front camera will record 1080P videos.

Internal storage: The BlackBerry KEY2 will be available in two versions: one with 64GB storage and another with 128GB storage.

The device features BlackBerry's own additional security, privacy and productivity tools, along with the security-oriented Firefox Focus mobile browser. Based on supposed BlackBerry KEY2 photos leaked recently by notable reporters like Evan Blass, the upcoming device from TCL will sport a wide bodywork and a notch-less screen.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will cost £579 in the United Kingdom and $649 in the USA and will start shipping this month (June 2018). Pressing the speed and another key like "G" will launch the Google app.

An exact release date has not been pencilled in yet but it will begin shipping this month. And of course, a fingerprint sensor sits within the space bar.

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