Meet the BlackBerry KEY2 (hands-on video)

Here’s the sequel to the surprisingly nice Black Berry KeyOne		
		
	Brian Heater

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Here’s the sequel to the surprisingly nice Black Berry KeyOne Brian Heater @ 7 hours

BlackBerry KEY2 price has been set at $649 (roughly Rs. 43,800) in the United States and will start shipping globally sometime later this month.

Gareth Hurn, global head of device portfolio for BlackBerry Mobile at TCL, introduces the new BlackBerry Key2 smartphone during a product launch event in NY on June 7, 2018.

TCL shares the following significant specifications. The phone will be available at the starting price of $649 (~Rs 43,700).

We saw multiple new devices announced the recent weeks - the new phone season is in full swing.

The BlackBerry Key2 will officially be unveiled at a media event in NY on Thursday morning although at this point, we're not really sure what else is left to announce aside from a proposed launch date and perhaps carrier partners. The KEY2 is a direct successor to last year's KEYone and retains the same general design while offering upgraded specs across the board.

TCL has taken great pains to make it appear more polished than its predecessor. Now, if the original KEYone from a year ago moved you with its one-of-its-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry's push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will quite literally blow your minds with everything that it's bringing to the table. The Key2 also ships with the Firefox Focus browser, which is built with privacy in mind.

The KEY² keeps the screen of the KEYone - a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and measly 3GB RAM have been replaced with a Snapdragon 660 and impressive 6GB RAM.

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Battery: The BlackBerry KEY2 is backed by a 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C. Oh, and the headphone jack remains.

BlackBerry's priority on security also continues with its commitment to patch Android as soon as Google pushes out updates.

Keyboard has bigger keys with matte finish, and there's a new shortcut key.

"Although there are many different smartphones for consumers to choose from today, most tend to offer very similar experiences without much distinction from one to the next", TCL senior vice president Alain Lejeune said in a statement.

"Delivering power and performance for getting more done, the BlackBerry KEY2 offers up to two days battery life, 6GB of memory and in both 64GB and 128GB storage variants - with both offering expandable storage MicroSD support, making this the most advanced BlackBerry smartphone ever".

In other words, the message is the same as past year.

The brief 25-second teaser doesn't reveal much about the phone, but it does give us a few key talking points.

The user interface is as minimalistic and practical as you'd expect, including a fundamentally revised DTEK app and a bunch of other proprietary services that actually improve the UX in many meaningful ways.

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