BlackBerry KEY2: Everything you need to know

TCL launches the Black Berry Key2 for $649

The BlackBerry KEY² is the first Blackberry phone to come with dual cameras but hopefully won't be the last. "Upfront, they have kept the same 4.5" 3:2 display that pushes 1620×1080 pixels resolution.

"This is bringing new challenges to the industry". With a "hardened" operating system to defend against attacks, the KEY2 is described by TCL Communication as "the most secure Android smartphone".

On the BlackBerry KeyOne, each key was customizable, meaning you could set it up as a shortcut to access from your home screen. It's competing with devices like the OnePlus 6, and so the KEY2 could be a tough sell to anyone that's not already a fan of BlackBerry phones and physical keyboards, especially considering the KEY2's lack of Band 71 LTE support.

Snapdragon 660 processor isn't the fastest, but you get a robust 6GB of RAM. It will be available for pre-order in the US, UK, UAE, Canada, Germany, China and France this month while global availability will be in July.

The KEY2 retains a similar appearance as its predecessor and this is a modern take of the iconic BlackBerry Bold.

A security meter on the KEY2, DTEK, gives users a snapshot of what's going on with their apps - how they are accessing data and what they have permission to use, such as a camera or microphone.

The Key2 launches with Android 8.1 Oreo on board, and BlackBerry says owners can expect one guaranteed update to Android P. Customizations to the stock Android experience are mostly light, though BlackBerry has added a new shortcut key to the right of the spacebar that can be held and combined with one of the other 52 keys to trigger shortcuts from any screen. You can record video in 4K at 30 FPS, dual-tone flash helps to brighten dark scenes, and there's Phase Detection Autofocus. Battery life is up to two days with a feature that follows your charging habits and learns to when to prompt you for a recharge to keep the phone running through a meeting or flight. You also have your choice between 64 or 128GB of internal storage, both of which can be upgraded to 256GB via a microSD card. For safer browsing, it even comes preloaded with Firefox Focus.

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