TCL unveiled the BlackBerry KEY2, which runs on Alphabet Inc.'s widely used Android operating system, amid tensions between Washington and Beijing over the sale of Chinese telecommunications equipment in the United States.
TCL says the BlackBerry Key2 will get more than a full day of battery life. Unveiled in NY today, the TCL-made smartphone delivers what we've come to expect from the BlackBerry brand of late: the combination of a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard in a minimalistically-handsome design, along with the latest version of Google's OS. Meanwhile, the 4.5-inch touchscreen now gets 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3, which promises to be more scratch-resistant. Here's everything you need to know about the BlackBerry Key2, including its design, expected price, features, and more. 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. Actually, these TCL devices have been fairly well received thanks to an adherence to traditional BlackBerry designs. 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. You also have your choice between 64 or 128GB of internal storage, both of which can be upgraded to 256GB via a microSD card.
Coming to the handset, BlackBerry KEY2 looks exactly like the KEYone, although a few changes that have been brought in, this year, should help improve ergonomics and hand-hold feel. With keys that are apparently 20% larger than the phone's predecessor, there is also a new key called Speed Key that allows users to set 52 custom shortcuts for faster access. The KEY2 also comes preloaded with a DTEK app that shows the phone's overall security rating and provides insight into how apps are using data, as well as managing app permissions.
Rounding things out is a 3500mAh battery, USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, a Series 7 aluminum frame, and Android 8.1 Oreo. New this time around is that the device ships with Firefox Focus, which Mozilla incidentally updated with cookie management and autocomplete improvements just a couple of weeks ago.
According to TCL, the Blackberry KEY2 will be shipping globally starting this month.
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