Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

How to watch the BlackBerry Key2 launch

How to watch the BlackBerry Key2 launch

That's also why the BlackBerry KEY2 is more expensive than last year's KEYone. A new Proactive Health check feature promises to make that scanning process even easier.

Announced today at an event in New York City, the BlackBerry Key2 is the refresh we've been waiting for with updated specs, a new design, and some key new features.

A new BlackBerry is always a cause for celebration since the smartphone-maker's reinvention with Android, and the BlackBerry KEY2 is no exception.

The KEY2 is also expected to have a 4.5inch 1080 x 1620 display and be running Android Oreo 8.1 at release. This includes a more compact chassis and a re-positioned convenience key, that's now located on the right along with the power and volume rocker.

For changes over last year's KeyOne, BlackBerry highlights an improved physical keyboard with Speed Key, which allows you to utilize shortcuts and gestures to open apps regardless of what screen you're on.

What do you think of the BlackBerry KEY2? The whole keyboard still works like a trackpad too. There's 4K HDR video recording at 30fps, and Google Lens integration. On the KEYone, you could use them only from the home screen. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 64GB of storage (double that of its predecessor, and a 128GB variant will also be available) with a microSD slot, 6GB of RAM (doubled), and a 3500 mAh battery (same). 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.

"Although there are many different smartphones for consumers to choose from today, most tend to offer very similar experiences without much distinction from one to the next", said Alain Lejeune, head of TCL's BlackBerry Mobile division. The model that would come to India, in July, will be made by Optiemus Infracom. As well as in the United States, it'll ship globally, priced from €649 Euro, £579 GBP, and $829 CAD. All we know is the BlackBerry Key2 will start to arrive later this month in select markets and will roll out globally next month.

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