BlackBerry KEY2: Everything you need to know

TCL launches the BlackBerry Key2 for $649

BlackBerry Key2 specs, photos leak ahead of June 7 reveal

If leaks are to be believed it has a physical keyboard, a 4.5-inch 1080 x 2160 screen, a dual-lens 12MP camera, a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage and a 3,500mAh battery.

TCL did not share an exact launch date. It will be available for pre-order in the US, UK, UAE, Canada, Germany, China and France this month while global availability will be in July.

Described by the smartphone trailblazer as "an icon reborn", the BlackBerry KEY2 like its predecessor blends the old with the new.

The BlackBerry KeyOne launched in May 2017 running the newest Android OS at the time. How many more of these the duo will make is anyone's guess.

Beneath it there's a reworked keyboard, with larger keys that are also 20-percent higher than on the BlackBerry KEYone. The Key2 also ships with the Firefox Focus browser, which is built with privacy in mind.

So, a quick rundown.

Last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and measly 3GB RAM have been replaced with a Snapdragon 660 and impressive 6GB RAM.

The BlackBerry KEY2 also offers up to two days battery life.

Both the Key2's sensors are 12-megapixel, but one lens is created to offer a 2x optical zoom effect while also enabling the new Portrait mode with blurry backgrounds.

The KEY2 measures in at 151.4 mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm, making it taller, yet thinner, than the KEYone. Oh, and the headphone jack remains. BlackBerry has also added in portrait mode so that you can add a blurry background to your photos if you'd like. The company has added a new "Speed" key to the keyboard, which allows a shortcut access to a number of apps and features of the handset.

You shouldn't even have to think about charging during the day, according to BlackBerry Mobile. Here's a closer look at the BlackBerry KEY2. There's also a new button called the Speed Key, which acts as a shortcut button to quickly switch between apps.

"Security has never been so relevant and so important as today", Alain Lejeune, president of BlackBerry Mobile and senior vice-president, TCL communication, said in introducing the KEY2, the flagship smartphone replacing the KEYone.

Blackberry manufacturer TCL Communication announced the release of its most advanced smartphone ever - Blackberry KEY2.

In other words, the message is the same as previous year.

The physical QWERTY keyboard of the BlackBerry KEY2 is touch-enabled to serve as a trackpad and gets a fingerprint scanner embedded in the space bar for security.

The user interface is as minimalistic and practical as you'd expect, including a fundamentally revised DTEK app and a bunch of other proprietary services that actually improve the UX in many meaningful ways.

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