BlackBerry Unveils New 'KEY2' For US$649

TCL launches the Black Berry Key2 for $649

TCL launches the BlackBerry Key2 for $649

The Blackberry KEY2 should be arriving in the coming weeks.

Along with the 660 chipset you also get 6GB of RAM which is pretty damn good, but even better is the dual 12MP snapper at the back of the handset.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will be available sometime this month, but there's no specific date yet. There is 6GB RAM along with 64GB ROM that can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card.

TCL has also upgraded the camera, equipping the BlackBerry Key2 with a dual camera setup, comprising a 12MP f/1.8 main lens, and a 12MP secondary lens with f/2.6 aperture, alongside an 8MP front-facing camera. The cameras at the back support PDAF, HDR and 4K video recordings at 30FPS. On the software side, the KEY2 is expected to come with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

KEY2 has the same 3,500mAh battery as that of the KEYOne. This includes a more compact chassis and a re-positioned convenience key, that's now located on the right along with the power and volume rocker. Just like its predecessor, it places a heavy bet on security, productivity, and a beloved physical keyboard. There is also a speed key which enables shortcut access to a number of functions at any time. The fingerprint scanner remains in the space bar, a brilliant location for it. They have managed squeeze in keys that are 20% larger than the previous generation.

The keyboard on the BlackBerry KEY2 also has a new button called the Speed Key. The display is protected by the Gorilla Glass 3. "We design them for security from the inside out and we're proud to partner with TCL Communication on the launch of their all-new BlackBerry KEY2", said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Key2 has a dual-rear camera compared to the single one on the previous KEYone. Thanks to it, the phone can offer bokeh in portrait mode. It also has 8 megapixels front camera.

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. Optiemus Infracom is the home-grown telecom enterprise, responsible for manufacturing BlackBerry Android handsets in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. The next big planned announcement is by TCL, the owner of the BlackBerry brand. The BlackBerry Key2 will be priced at $649 (Rs.43,500 approx.) in the USA and $829 (Rs.43,000 approx.) in Canada.

We are only days away from the official unveiling of the new Blackberry Key2 and it looks like Blackberry could not hold off the leaks for a few days as a few images was released online claiming to be of the upcoming BlackBerry Key2.

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