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BlackBerry Unveils KEY2 Smartphone with Physical Keyboard Under a 4.5 Inch Screen

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There's a new BlackBerry smartphone named Blackberry Key2, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand.

The BlackBerry Key2 was unveiled Thursday in New York by TCL Communication, the Chinese manufacturer which took over the rights to the smartphone brand from the Canadian tech firm in 2016.
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The Key2 builds on last year's KeyOne (aka Mercury), which was the first BlackBerry phone released under a licensing deal with Chinese manufacturer TCL Communication.

The key2 smartphone features a 4.5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (128GB on the black version), and packing a 3500mAh hour battery, as well a new, larger and more intelligent keyboard.
 
Blackberry Key 2 Specifications
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
Display 4.5-inch, 1620×1080
IPS LCD
434ppi
3:2 aspect ratio
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Octa-Core 2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4
Adreno 512 GPU
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB (Silver), 64GB (Black)
128GB (Black)
Expandable microSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera Dual Camera 12M (1.28um, F1.8) + 12M (1.0um, F2.6) with Dual Tone LED Flash
HDR, 4K video recording at 30 fps
Scan, Private Capture
Front Camera 8MP Fixed Focus
Selfie flash
1080p/30 video
Battery 3500 mAh non-removable
Charging USB-C
Compatible with USB Power Delivery 2.0 v1.2 & 9V2A 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Chargers
Water resistance No
Headphone jack Yes
Security DTEK security suite
FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption
Android For Work, Google Play for Work
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 5GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC
GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, OTDOA
FM Radio, 4G Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, USB OTG
BBF100-1 – EU, Africa, AU, Japan LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/19/20/26/28/32
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
BBF100-2 – Canada, US, LATAM LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/20/28/29/30/66
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
BBF100-4 – China LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/26/28
TD-LTE Band 34/38/39/40/41
CDMA Band BC0
BBF100-6 (Dual SIM version) – ME, APAC, India, Indo LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/19/20/26/28/32
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
Dimensions 151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm
Weight 168g
Price
The phone starts at $649 (N245,000), according to the company and will begin shipping globally this month.

Note that Nokia 7 Plus and Blackberry Key2 have a similar spec but Nokia 7 Plus cost just $380, while Key2 is twice the price of Nokia 7 plus.

Blackberry hasn’t been selling much devices of late compared to other OEM’s probably because their price tag is too high.

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