Here's your first look at the latest BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Key2
TCL, the Chinese electronics company that manufactures BlackBerry phones, on Thursday announced a new premium smartphone called the BlackBerry Key2, which features a dual camera, a nearly edge-to-edge display, and, of course, a keyboard.The BlackBerry Key2 is intended to be an update to last year's BlackBerry KeyOne, and there are some upgraded specs and features. The camera is better, the keyboard is bigger, and it's thinner and lighter than last year's model.
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The BlackBerry Key2 comes in all-black ...
... or black and silver.Advertisement
It has a 4.5-inch LCD display above a full physical keyboard.
The BlackBerry Key2 has a larger screen than its predecessor. The "forehead" of the phone is now 25% smaller, and the device has a nearly edge-to-edge display.Advertisement
The BlackBerry Key2 has an aluminum frame and a "soft touch" back, which should make it easier to grip.
There's a new key on the keyboard, too: the Speed Key, which is located next to the "symbol" button.Advertisement
The keyboard's space bar is also a fingerprint sensor.
The BlackBerry Key2 has a 12-megapixel dual camera on the back. The camera has portrait mode, optical zoom, and multi-frame capture.Advertisement
There's also an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone's screen can be used as a selfie flash.
There are two storage options: 64-GB or 128-GB.Advertisement
The BlackBerry Key 2 has USB-C charging. It may seem like there's no headphone jack ...
... but that's because it's on the top of the phone.Advertisement
The BlackBerry Key2 will get more than a full day of battery life, TCL says.
The BlackBerry Key2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo, but there's also a lot of the standard BlackBerry software on the device.Advertisement
TCL says it's the most secure smartphone you can buy thanks to a built-in app called DTEK, which will alert you to any suspicious activity on your device.
The BlackBerry Key2 will start at $649 and be available for preorder in seven countries — including the US — starting later this month.Advertisement
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