As for pricing and availability, the BlackBerry Key2 will be available starting this month, but a specific launch date is unknown. We'll keep you posted as we learn specifics.
There's a new BlackBerry smartphone, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand. Now, if the original KEYone wowed you with its one-of-a-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry's push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will literally blow your minds with everything that's in store. How many more of these the duo will make is anyone's guess.
The new device is an upgrade to the BlackBerry KeyOne, which launched in the spring of previous year. 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.
The 4.5-inch 162- x 1080 display is sharp enough (although an odd aspect ratio to many) and there's a headphone jack too. There's also 64GB or 128GB of storage and a 3,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C.
Confusing jump to numbers aside, the new handset combines a number of key upgrades that the brand says its previous customers were looking for.
Also new this year: the BlackBerry Key2 has a dual 12-megapixel rear camera that has portrait mode and Google Lens built in.
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Dual cameras, new apps, better security, improved privacy, and all that jazz are nice. But the unique feature is the Speed Key, situated in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard. The keys themselves are now 20% taller, have better spacing, and also now have a matte finish on top instead of the glossy plastic used on the Keyone.
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.
"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", TCL senior vice president Alain Lejeune said in a statement.
In other words, the message is the same as previous year. You still get in-keyboard fingerprint recognition.
While the KEYone started out at $550 in the USA, the KEY2 is $100 more expensive at $650.