TCL Communications, which is a global licensee brand of BlackBerry has launched a new smartphone in Key series with the name tag Key 2 at an event in New York on 7th June. Blackberry Key 2 is a successor of KeyOne that was launched in the previous year. Key 2 is the first smartphone offers from Blackberry that comes with dual rear cameras with features such as portrait mode and optical zoom. The smartphone is created by using 7 series aluminum alloy frame which enhances the durability of the smartphone. The smartphone features a textured diamond grip on the rear panel. The physical QWERTY keyboard of Blackberry Key 2 features an intelligent shortcut which allows users to access apps just by pressing the single key.
BlackBerry KEY2 has been priced at $649 (roughly Rs. 43,800), EUR 649 (roughly Rs. 51,700), GBP 579 (roughly Rs. 52,600), and CAD 829 (roughly Rs. 43,100. It seems that the shipping of the smartphone will be started rolling- out globally later this month.
Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry stated, "BlackBerry phones are the world's most secure Android smartphones. We design them for security from the inside out. BlackBerry has been iterating and perfecting our approach to mobile security for decades, and we're excited to have this new genuine, modern BlackBerry smartphone available for our fans around the world to enjoy.”
BlackBerry KEY2 comes with remodified intelligent keyboard features a 4.5-inch touch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 433 PPI, 24-bit colour depth and a 3:2 aspect ratio The smartphone gets a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on the top which protects the smartphone from damaging and breaking. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. The company is offering 6GB RAM and 64GB/128 GB inbuilt storage which can be further extended up to 256GB by using a memory card.
In terms of camera department, the BlackBerry KEY2 features a horizontally placed dual rear cameras each having 12-megapixel sensors with an aperture rate of f/1.8 and f/2.6. The dual rear camera set up comes with features such as Dual Tone LED flash, HDR, 4K video recording at 30FPS, and dual PDAF. For selfies and video calling the smartphone sport an 8-megapixel selfie-shooter offering screen flash and full-HD video recording. Under the hood, it is armed with a 3500mAh battery with the support of Quick Charge 3.0 support which the company claims can provide battery backup for two days.
The BlackBerry KEY2 has 4G LTE (on both SIM cards), Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band 2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, NFC, FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C as connectivity options. The smartphone is equipped with an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, hall effect sensor, the fingerprint sensor (on spacebar key), magnetometer, and proximity sensor. In terms of dimensions, it measures 151.4x71.8x8.5mm and the weight of the smartphone is 168 grams.
Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President, TCL Communication and President of BlackBerry Mobile said, “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. With the introduction of BlackBerry KEY2, we've created a distinct smartphone that captures all the traits that have made BlackBerry smartphones iconic, while introducing new innovations and experiences that not only make this one of the best devices for security and privacy, but also the most advanced BlackBerry smartphone ever”.