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BlackBerry's new phone is one for the privacy conscious

BlackBerry's new phone is one for the privacy conscious BlackBerry's new phone is one for the privacy conscious
Melba Vasquez | 07 June, 2018, 21:20

On the BlackBerry Key2, the Speed Key takes this to the next level by letting you access any shortcut from anywhere on the device, without having to go to the home screen first.

When TCL made the BlackBerry KEYone, the tech press praised its attempt at bringing back the physical keyboard to smartphone hardware while also pushing the limits of battery life through a weekend. The screen is once again a 4.5-inch panel with a 1620 x 1080 resolution, and the 3:2 aspect ratio makes a return, too.

"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. It has a new Snapdragon 660 processor and 6GB of RAM standard - both are expected to continue the power legacy of the KEYone. TCL is using them for portrait mode photography along with a lossless zoom - here it's called the "Optical Superzoom" - but the claim is also better auto white balance and faster autofocus, along with improvements in image stabilization. BlackBerry says the keys are now 20% larger than those of the KEYone. On its front, the phone also features an 8MP selfie camera. As usual, BlackBerry has also included its DTEK security enhancements, and the phone also comes pre-loaded with Mozilla's Firefox Focus browser for private browsing.

In context: The BlackBerry name hardly carries the weight it did a decade ago yet still, a dedicated - albeit small - fan base persists that clamors for the company's iconic physical keyboard and PDA-like styling.

There is a new key added to the BlackBerry keyboard with the addition of Speed Key, enabling shortcut access to a number of functions on your device at any time.

Rounding out what's new, the BlackBerry Key2 improves on the build by refining the design with another textured back, as well as using Series 7 aluminum for the frame. Google lens has also been added to the gallery app.

It will be sold this month starting at $649 or 649 euros, according to the company.

We do know the price for the BlackBerry KEY2, though, which will be set at $649. Two versions of the KEY2 will be available: silver with 64GB storage and black with 128GB storage.

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