Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Blackberry Key2 is out: 52 Keys more than promised

Blackberry Key2 is out: 52 Keys more than promised

As the name suggests, the Blackberry Key2 succeeds the much-praised KeyOne smartphone launched past year.

There will be a BlackBerry KEY2 Pop-Up Shop in NYC for two days only: June 8 and 9, 10a-7pm at 361 West 12th Street.

The BlackBerry Key2 will be available for preorder starting later this month and will start at $649 in America.

The BlackBerry Key2 will start at $649 in America and will be available for pre-order in seven countries including the USA starting later this month.

Blackberry Key2 is similar to Blackberry Key1 in looks, except the TCL.

Interestingly, it's the first Blackberry phone to feature a dual camera setup on the back.

In a statement, the senior vice president of Blackberry Alain Lejeune says "The aim of TCL is to capture all the traits that have made BlackBerry smartphones iconic while introducing new innovations and experiences".

Other notable details on the device include an in-keyboard fingerprint scanner with updated mechanics for an improved tactile response, along with the introduction of Speed Key, a universal shortcut key that now makes it possible to instantly access the apps, contacts and functions you use most from anywhere on your device at any time.

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"The BlackBerry KEY2 phone itself is really interesting", Avi Greengart of GlobalData told eWEEK. Moreover, Dtek can also detect if an app acts oddly, and alert the user.

Available in Black and Silver, you can pre-order one from Carphone Warehouse and Selfridges. The company has used aluminium in place of plastic and it's taller because the keyboard has got a slight extension for a better typing experience.

Since TCL has not announced any USA mobile carriers will sell the KEY2, customers would have to buy the handsets elsewhere and then go through the process of getting them to work with their cellular provider's network, he said. Facebook will open. This can be done with all the 52 buttons in physical keyboard. "Same with the shortcut key".

Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group, said he is a BlackBerry KEYone user who already wants to get one of the new KEY2 handsets for his own use.

On the software front, it has all the proprietary Blackberry productivity and security features.

Enderle said he can see the KEY2 being a business-focused phone for people whose phones are critical to their jobs and careers.

BlackBerry has always put great emphasis on privacy and security, and things are no different with the Key2.

BlackBerry's share of the global smartphone market has fallen to virtually zero from a peak of more than half a decade ago. Instead, the company said it would license the BlackBerry name to others to build BlackBerry phones while the company continued a transition into a software company.

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