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BlackBerry Is Not Done with Us Yet

BlackBerry Is Not Done with Us Yet

TCL-owned Blackberry Mobile has officially taken the wraps off its 2018 flagship - BlackBerry Key2 - at an event in NY.

TCL has continued where it left off on the KEYone past year with the KEY2 which comes with a familiar design tweaked at places where it matters, dual cameras, an improved chipset with the right kind of specifications and the traditional keyboard with keys that are 20-percent larger than the ones on its predecessor. Also, there is a new feature called Speed Key, which lets you set customisable shortcuts to instantly access apps, contacts, and functions.

In the U.S., the BlackBerry KEY2 will sell at a starting price of $649 which roughly translates to Rs 43,726. Protecting the display will be a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top.

The front 8MP camera has slow-motion and panorama modes as well as the ability to record 1080p video at 30 fps. For those who are eagerly awaiting the details as to what the specifications of the handset will entail, then you should look no further as it appears that the entire feature set of the Key2 has been leaked by Evan Blass, the man behind some of the most notable smartphone leaks in recent history.

Powering the BlackBerry Key2 is a Snapdragon 660 mid-range mobile chip paired with 6GB RAM.

BlackBerry KEY2 is the latest smartphone to come from licensee TCL, and it was launched at an event held in NY on Thursday.

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For many former users, BlackBerry phones invoke nostalgia for physical keyboards and its once popular BBM messaging service. The lens is assisted by dual-tone LED flash and features HDR, Scan, Private Capture, Dual Phase detection and Auto Focus.

Although the KEY2 will be available for buying in the West this month, in global markets (including in India), the phone will be available for buying in July.

TCL and BlackBerry executive Alain Lejeune said the Key2 offered something different to the all-screen smartphones now dominating the market. Sensors onboard the handset include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, hall effect sensor, fingerprint sensor (on spacebar key), magnetometer, and proximity sensor. This flagship will keep the 3.5 mm audio jack and will have 3,500 mAh battery with QC 3.0.

As is the case with all of BlackBerry's latest smartphones, the Key2 is running Android (in this case Android 8.0 Oreo) and comes preloaded with a full suite of security apps/features to appeal to both consumers and business users.

The device claims to offer a two day battery life, and supports Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0. It will launch first in Canada later this month, and then in other worldwide markets at a later date.


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