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.
Also of note about the keyboard is that it's got a new Speed Key that'll let you access your programmable shortcut keys without having to return to the home screen of your device. Though the mystery behind a new button right at the bottom right of the keyboard still remains, and we expect it to be solved at the launch event itself.
TCL says the BlackBerry Key2 will get more than a full day of battery life. 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.
The BlackBerry KEY2 has also passed our Malaysian SIRIM certification which is a sign that it's coming very soon. 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. BlackBerry Key2 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. BlackBerry has also added in portrait mode so that you can add a blurry background to your photos if you'd like. It comes preloaded with DTEK by BlackBerry application that removes the complexity of security by providing an "at a glance" security meter. 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.More news: Trump talks tough on trade ahead of G7 meetings in Canada
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The KEY2 retains a similar appearance as its predecessor and this is a modern take of the iconic BlackBerry Bold. There's also a new button called the Speed Key, which acts as a shortcut button to quickly switch between apps. Providing juice is a huge 3,500 mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0.
The KEY2 has dual 12MP rear cameras, better image stabilization and faster autofocus.
Additionally, the device comes with Firefox Focus, a privacy browser by Mozilla that prevents web browsing sessions from being tracked. We've even heard prices rumored, with the latest leaks suggesting the BlackBerry Key2 could cost $649 / £579 (around AU$1,015).