BlackBerry KEY2 Is Now Official

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While the KEY2 release includes a new camera and a tweaked QWERTY keyboard, it is clear that TCL is seeking to encourage business users, who once fuelled BlackBerry smartphones' success, by delivering improved security and privacy in an Android phone.

Additionally, the KEY2 features a first for any BlackBerry-branded device: a dual rear-camera setup.

The gadget has a 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with a 1620*1080p resolution, 434ppi pixel density, an aspect ratio of 3:2 and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 level protection.

Keyboard has bigger keys with matte finish, and there's a new shortcut key.

Termed "the most powerful BlackBerry ever", Alain Lejeune, President, BlackBerry Mobile at TCL Communication, described the phone as the "most secured phone" as well.

Depending on how you feel about the physical keyboard, you've been looking forward to this day for a while: TCL just officially announced the BlackBerry Key2. As you'd expect, this adds a Portrait Mode, but the company is also promising Optical Superzoom, which captures multiple frames, reducing noise on zoomed photos.

Pricing for the device, which is available later this month, starts at $649.

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Based on leaks, BlackBerry Key2 is not going to look too different from the original KeyOne which was launched in 2017.

According to Blass, the BlackBerry KEY2 will cost £579 at launch, an increase of £70 over the KEYone. The QWERTY still supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also 52 app shortcuts via short and long press. The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps.

Last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and measly 3GB RAM have been replaced with a Snapdragon 660 and impressive 6GB RAM. The KEY2 also comes preloaded with a DTEK app that shows the phone's overall security rating and provides insight into how apps are using data, as well as managing app permissions. If you need additional storage, you can pop a microSD card into the KEY2.

Additionally, the device comes with Firefox Focus, a privacy browser by Mozilla that prevents web browsing sessions from being tracked.

We do know the price for the BlackBerry KEY2, though, which will be set at $649.

Other than that, there's relatively little changed to Android 8.1 Oreo, though the BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Launcher are included.