China’s TCL launches high-end BlackBerry smartphone in U.S.

China’s TCL launches high-end BlackBerry smartphone in U.S.

TCL on Thursday unveiled a new premium smartphone: the BlackBerry Key2. BlackBerry is also introducing a new Speed Key that lets you use custom shortcuts from anywhere on the screen.

While the KEY2 release includes a new camera and a tweaked QWERTY keyboard, it is clear that TCL is seeking to encourage business users, who once fuelled BlackBerry smartphones' success, by delivering improved security and privacy in an Android phone. The resolution is a unique 1620 x 1080 with 3:2 aspect ratio, and while some apps will look fine, some others may not adapt as well.

Pricing for the device, which is available later this month, starts at $649.

BlackBerry KEY2 is built around an aluminium alloy frame with a form factor of 151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm and a textured back for better grip. The BlackBerry Key2 succeeds the BlackBerry KeyOne, also made by TCL, and, yes, both companies realized it would probably be a good idea to stop spelling out the number. Unlike the BlackBerry deal, TCL controls the software on Alcatel devices, TCL said.

Depending on how you feel about the physical keyboard, you've been looking forward to this day for a while: TCL just officially announced the BlackBerry Key2.

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It comes with a choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD up to 256GB.

The Key2 launches with Android 8.1 Oreo on board, and BlackBerry says owners can expect one guaranteed update to Android P. Customizations to the stock Android experience are mostly light, though BlackBerry has added a new shortcut key to the right of the spacebar that can be held and combined with one of the other 52 keys to trigger shortcuts from any screen. Providing juice is a huge 3,500 mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0. You can record video in 4K at 30 FPS, dual-tone flash helps to brighten dark scenes, and there's Phase Detection Autofocus.

Critics have argued that DTEK is simply window dressing - that it merely promotes awareness about security, but actually does very little to make BlackBerry's newest phones any safer than their Android counterparts from rival companies. For safer browsing, it even comes preloaded with Firefox Focus.

The BlackBerry KEY2 begins shipping globally in June and will cost £579 GBP / $649 United States dollars / €649 Euro / $829 CAD.

What do you think of the BlackBerry KEY2?

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