Home » Tech

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

08 June, 2018, 08:28 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • TCL launches the BlackBerry Key2 for $649

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.

Talks with Trump are like sausages, says French President Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday no leader was forever, suggesting a more confrontational attitude towards U.S. President Donald Trump as leaders from the Group of Seven countries prepare to clash on trade at a summit in Canada .

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.

Recommended:



Popular

Vladimir Putin Asks Austrian Leader to Set Up Summit With Donald Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow , Russia June 7, 2018. Neither the White House nor the Russian Embassy responded to requests for comment from CNBC.

Arjun Tendulkar breaks into India U-19 squad
Interestingly, he will groomed under Rahul Dravid now who is the coach of the U19 team which won the World Cup earlier this year. Thanks to his father's recommendations, he is now part of the U-19 squad- and hundreds of more talented bowlers get ignored.

Philadelphia Eagles Star Malcolm Jenkins Protests After Trump Snub
MORE: POLL: Should the President have cancelled the Eagles' visit to the White House? "I wasn't involved in those discussions. Like guys said before me, I'm sure whoever wins this series won't be going". "I'm not going to touch on it", Kelce said.

No Kaala release in Karnataka, fans devastated
However, besides the piracy website, few cases reported where the audience were caught streaming the film live from thratres. It looks like a 1990's film. " Kaala has to compete with a Steven Spielberg franchise Jurassic World which is a huge event".

76ers president Bryan Colangelo resigns over social media scandal
The 76ers lost to the Boston Celtics in five games in the second round of the playoffs after finishing the regular season 52-30. Colangelo also said that his wife had tweeted information that was inaccurate and filled with conjecture.

Beyonce and Jay-Z reveal new photos of their twins on tour
Reps for the couple told Buzzfeed News that the images shown during the On the Run II tour video of two babies weren't the twins. Bey and Jay have been stingy with images of their twins to date, making it downright impossible for anyone to identify them.

Capitals clip Golden Knights to capture their first Stanley Cup
The Golden Knights wrap up a storybook year, advancing all the way to the final in their first year of existence. Vegas lost three games in the first three rounds and never lost more than three in a row in the regular season.

Man arrested after stealing armored vehicle from National Guard base
Police cars can be seen trailing the vehicle as it cruised down Broad Street, according to a bystander's video posted on Twitter . After multiple attempts to communicate with the vehicle's driver, the APC came to a stop near Children's Hospital of Richmond .

"Girl in the Spider’s Web" trailer is #MeToo revenge fantasy
The popular actress is set to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web , which is based on the book of the same name. In the trailer , Foy's character rigs a trap for such a man, who she has no qualms about shooting in the crotch with a stun gun.

Billionaire David Koch to retire from Koch Industries
He has also given $185 million in total donations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his alma mater. David Koch did not attend the network's winter seminar earlier this year.