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The new BlackBerry smartphone is here - and yes, it has a keyboard

08 June, 2018, 08:28 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • The new BlackBerry smartphone is here - and yes, it has a keyboard

BlackBerry will be lifting the lid on the BlackBerry KEY2 at a major event in NY today.

The BlackBerry KEY² is the first Blackberry phone to come with dual cameras but hopefully won't be the last. The new device also features Speed Key, a universal shortcut key that lets users access instantly access the apps, contacts and phone functions that they use most often.

"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", said Alain Lejeune, head of TCL's BlackBerry Mobile division. "Upfront, they have kept the same 4.5" 3:2 display that pushes 1620×1080 pixels resolution. Here's everything you need to know about the BlackBerry Key2, including its design, expected price, features, and more.

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Privacy and security have always been a focus on BlackBerry devices and the KEY2 is no exception. Actually, these TCL devices have been fairly well received thanks to an adherence to traditional BlackBerry designs. It's preloaded with the DTEK by BlackBerry app, which gives a security audit of the phone including what data and hardware access each app is claiming. Now, if the original KEYone wowed you with its one-of-a-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry's push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will literally blow your minds with everything that's in store.

According to Blass, the BlackBerry KEY2 will cost £579 at launch, an increase of £70 over the KEYone. It's used for shortcuts and you can program up to 52 combinations including long pressing an alphabet together with the speed key. The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps.

Powering the KEY2 is a 3,500mAh battery which is rated to last up to 2 days on a single charge. The keyboard-toting flagship brings a number of new features. The phone comes with up t 128GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card slot. As a reference, the previous BlackBerry KEYone was launched in Malaysia for RM2,688 with 6% GST. The Key2 will retail in silver and black, and while the fresh, simplified shape does the device a lot of favors, I expect the sleek and stealthy darker colorway to be a hit with the BlackBerry faithful.

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