BlackBerry Key2 smartphone launch

BlackBerry Key2 specs, photos leak ahead of June 7 reveal

Announced today at an event in New York City, the BlackBerry Key2 is the refresh we've been waiting for with updated specs, a new design, and some key new features. And like the KEYone before it, the KEY2 keyboard can be used as a trackpad for scrolling and has a fingerprint reader built into its space bar.

Further, the Key2 improves the camera game by adopting a dual-12MP camera setup on the rear.

Chinese electronics maker TCL Corp on Thursday launched a high-end smartphone in the United States that it developed with Canada's BlackBerry Ltd, touting security and privacy features to distinguish it from other devices.

According to Blass, the Key2 will start at $649 which delivers a 4.5-inch (1,620 x 1,080 resolution, 434 PPI) IPS LCD with a 3:2 aspect ratio covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The BlackBerry Key2 is both slimmer and lighter than the BlackBerry KeyOne, has a larger 4.5-inch display that's almost edge-to-edge, and has a larger physical keyboard.

Moving on, the KEY2 comes with a dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel camera (f/1.8 aperture) and a secondary 12-megapixel camera (f/2.6 aperture) for depth sensing and up to 2X optical zoom. For the KEY2, that means Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 with 2.2 GHz and 1.8 GHz octacores. The new device also features Speed Key, a universal shortcut key that lets users access instantly access the apps, contacts and phone functions that they use most often. In an era where the all-touchscreen form-factor reigns supreme, it's really impressive that the KEY2 will continue to win over people with its portrait style physical keyboard.

The front gets an 8-megapixel fixed focus camera with 1080/30p video recording. On the KEYone, you could use them only from the home screen. Two versions of the KEY2 will be available: silver with 64GB storage and black with 128GB storage. The phone will ship running Android 8.1 Oreo, we're told. 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, BlackBerry has confirmed.

TCL said that the BlackBerry KEY2 will begin shipping globally later this month.

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