BlackBerry Key2 goes official with dual cameras, upgraded keyboard

The BlackBerry Key2 has gone official, representing TCL’s latest attempt at blending secure Android software with a retro look. The smartphone carries a 4.5-inch touchscreen and offers a physical keyboard as its highlight.

BlackBerry Key2

The Key2 looks similar to its previous variant, but there a couple of notable changes. For one, the sides have been made out of Series 7 aluminum for extra durability. The soft touch back has a diamond pattern for better grip and the keyboard’s height has been raised by 20%.

BlackBerry Key2 Keyboard Upgrades

The keyboard’s gotten a few other notable upgrades including a matte key finish, a new fret design for better key spacing, and an improved spacebar fingerprint scanner. BlackBerry has added a Speed Key to the mix as well. Users can press the button in conjunction with any of their chosen shortcuts to launch an app or call a contact.

For instance, they could program the letter F to serve as a shortcut to open Facebook. Even the convenience key on the right can be used to launch shortcuts. Just like its predecessor, the Key2’s keyboard supports flick typing to flick predictive text to the screen. It can also be used as a trackpad to scroll through pages.

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BlackBerry has adopted a dual camera system for the first time with its new smartphone. One 12MP shooter features a f/1.8 aperture and the other sports an f/2.6 aperture. Together they give birth to Portrait Mode and Optical Superzoom. The module further boasts of Dual PDAF, Dual Tone LED Flash, enhanced white balance, and better image stabilization.

Specifications of the BlackBerry Key2:

– OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
– Display: 4.5-inch 3:2, 1620 x 1080 pixels
– CPU: octa-core Snapdragon 660
– Battery: 3500mAh
– Camera: 12MP + 12MP rear, 8MP front
– Storage: 64GB/128GB, expandable up to 256GB
– RAM: 6GB
– Size: 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5mm
– Weight: 168g
– Connectivity: 4G, dual-SIM, USB Type-C, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, USB OTG

The BlackBerry Key2 is priced at $649 (roughly Rs 43875). It’s set to begin shipping globally starting this month.