New BlackBerry phone aims to revive faded brand

TCL launches the BlackBerry Key2 for $649

While BlackBerry no longer makes smartphones, it does license its name to a company called TCL which makes Android devices that carry the branding - and sometimes, a physical keyboard.

The new smartphone, which will still feature Blackberry's iconic keyboard, will be the first device to have a dual-rear camera. It also includes the introduction of Speed Key, a universal shortcut key that now makes it possible to instantly access the apps, contacts and functions you use most from anywhere on your device at any time.

"This is bringing new challenges to the industry".

Like its predecessor, the BlackBerry Key2 features an aluminum frame, a textured back, and a 4.5-inch display (1620×1080 resolution, 434 PPI, and 3:2 aspect ratio). BlackBerry will also be hosting pop-up stores across cities like New York City, a la OnePlus, so potential buyers can come and experience the KEY2.

On the BlackBerry KeyOne, each key was customizable, meaning you could set it up as a shortcut to access from your home screen. An octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor is stuffed in there along with 6GB of RAM - double what was in the KEYone - and 64GB or 128GB of storage. It has also has a portrait mode and optical superzoom, both features of other manufacturer's flagship phones. All we know is the BlackBerry Key2 will start to arrive later this month in select markets and will roll out globally next month.

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Our first impression of the BlackBerry KEY2 is that the "reborn icon" comes with just the right amount of design refinements and performance upgrades over the well-reviewed KEYone.

And as was the case with the KeyOne, it comes bundled with BlackBerry's security and productivity software. You can record video in 4K at 30 FPS, dual-tone flash helps to brighten dark scenes, and there's Phase Detection Autofocus. The storage can be expanded up to 2TB with a microSD card.

Powering the KEY2 is a 3,500mAh battery which is rated to last up to 2 days on a single charge. The Key2 will retail in silver and black, and while the fresh, simplified shape does the device a lot of favors, I expect the sleek and stealthy darker colorway to be a hit with the BlackBerry faithful.

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

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