TCL Corporation, a Chinese multinational electronics company, has recently unveiled a new smartphone, the BlackBerry KEY2. TCL, the producer of such things like televisions and Alcatel-branded phones, reached an agreement in 2016 with BlackBerry Limited to produce smartphones for the brand under the name BlackBerry Mobile, and the KEY2 is their latest addition. Aside from their security features, the BlackBerry brand has been largely ridiculed for nearly a decade. But with the brand incorporating the Android operating system, this latest addition looks promising; though in our modern world of rampant security breaches, the security features may still be the most welcomed attribute.
As CGMagazine documented, the senior vice president of TCL Communication and the president at BlackBerry Mobile, Alain Lejeune, expressed high hopes for the KEY2.
“With the introduction of BlackBerry KEY2, we’ve created a distinct smartphone that captures all the traits that have made BlackBerry smartphones iconic while introducing new innovations and experiences that not only make this one of the best devices for security and privacy, but also the most advanced BlackBerry smartphone ever.”
The BlackBerry KEY2 is not a complete departure from its predecessor; they kept the popular features of the KEYone, but they worked hard to improve on the areas that were lacking.
As Android Central documented, the specs for the new smartphone looks impressive, and the device is set to start shipping this month.
- Price: Starting at $649
- Weight: 168 Grams
- Dimensions: 151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm
- Display: 4.5-inch screen, 1620×1080 IPS LCD, 434ppi
- Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 4x Kryo 2.2GHz, 4x Kryo 1.8GHz, Adreno 512 GPU
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 64GB/128GB, microSD up to 2TB
- Rear Camera 1: 12MP (1.3 micron) ƒ/1.8, laser+phase autofocus, dual-tone LED flash
- Rear Camera 2: 12MP (1 micron) ƒ/2.6, 2x optical zoom, portrait mode
- Front Camera: 8MP, Selfie flash, 1080p/30 video
- Video: 4k at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 frames per second, HDR
- Battery: Non-removable, 3500 mAh
- Charging: USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0
- Headphone Jack: Yes, but not centered
- Security: DTEK security suite, FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption, Android For Work, Google Play for Work, Front-facing fingerprint sensor is incorporated in the keyboard
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.1 1ac, 5GHz, Bluetooth 5 plus LE, NFC, GPS, GLONASS
- Network (NA GSM): LTE Band: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30, 66
TD-LTE Band: 38, 38, 40, 41
- BlackBerry KEY2 is not water resistant
Digital Trends praised the smartphone in their hands-on review. The technology website listed the keyboard, smartphone design, the KEY2’s speedy performance, and the phone’s security as the positives. The only negative listed by Digital Trends is that the headphone jack isn’t centered.
In a market that is dominated by Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry Mobile is looking to make an impact with their KEY2.