Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

TCL announces BlackBerry Key2 with dual cameras, Firefox Focus, and Speed Key

TCL announces BlackBerry Key2 with dual cameras, Firefox Focus, and Speed Key

Elsewhere, the BlackBerry KEY2 comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen with an unusual aspect ratio of 3:2. The Key2 also supports microSD cards as large as 256GB.

In the case of the KEY2 specifically, it's a clear evolution over the last BlackBerry. Flick typing is supported, and you can swipe your thumb atop the keyboard and use it as a trackpad. On the BlackBerry Key2, the Speed Key takes this to the next level by letting you access any shortcut from anywhere on the device, without having to go to the home screen first.

TCL unveiled the BlackBerry KEY2, which runs on Alphabet Inc.'s widely used Android operating system, amid tensions between Washington and Beijing over the sale of Chinese telecommunications equipment in the United States. You can record video in 4K at 30 FPS, dual-tone flash helps to brighten dark scenes, and there's Phase Detection Autofocus. On the front, the KEY2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera. Though the mystery behind a new button right at the bottom right of the keyboard still remains, and we expect it to be solved at the launch event itself. There are about 15 BlackBerry apps preloaded in total.

Other features of the BlackBerry KEY² include a 3500mAh battery which BlackBerry claims should last for two days, a USB-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and NFC. You get a host of security features including DTEK and a locker where it keeps your photos and documents private. Google lens has also been added to the gallery app.

TCL says the BlackBerry Key2 will get more than a full day of battery life. New this time around is that the device ships with Firefox Focus, which Mozilla incidentally updated with cookie management and autocomplete improvements just a couple of weeks ago. As a reference, the previous BlackBerry KEYone was launched in Malaysia for RM2,688 with 6% GST.

In the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and several other tegions, there'll be a single-SIM version. Although the KEY2 will be available for buying in the West this month, in global markets (including in India), the phone will be available for buying in July, BlackBerry has confirmed. The model that would come to India, in July, will be made by Optiemus Infracom.

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

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