Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

TCL announces BlackBerry Key2 with dual cameras, Firefox Focus, and Speed Key

TCL announces BlackBerry Key2 with dual cameras, Firefox Focus, and Speed Key TCL announces BlackBerry Key2 with dual cameras, Firefox Focus, and Speed Key
Sherri Watson | 08 June, 2018, 00:36

It may not have the power of a Snapdragon 845, but it should make better use of the 3,500 mAh battery, which also supports Quick Charge 3.0.

According to Blass, the Key2 will start at $649 which delivers a 4.5-inch (1,620 x 1,080 resolution, 434 PPI) IPS LCD with a 3:2 aspect ratio covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The leaked pictures appear to show a dual lens rear camera while T3 have speculated that the KEY2 could feature a smart assistant. 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. If you want a hardware keyboard, or just yearn for the good old days of owning a BlackBerry, TCL has you covered. The QWERTY still supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also 52 app shortcuts via short and long press.

The front gets an 8-megapixel fixed focus camera with 1080/30p video recording. If you need additional storage, you can pop a microSD card into the KEY2. The KEY2 also comes preloaded with a DTEK app that shows the phone's overall security rating and provides insight into how apps are using data, as well as managing app permissions. But the unique feature is the Speed Key, situated in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard. Anything saved in them won't be uploaded to the cloud, even if you have an app like Google Photos set to backup automatically, and you can only open the folders by scanning your fingerprint.

Rounding things out is a 3500mAh battery, USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, a Series 7 aluminum frame, and Android 8.1 Oreo.

"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", Alain Lejeune, senior vice president of TCL Communication and president of Blackberry Mobile, said in a statement.

In the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and several other tegions, there'll be a single-SIM version.

In the United States, the BlackBerry KEY2 will sell at a starting price of $649 which roughly translates to Rs 43,726.