New BlackBerry phone aims to revive faded brand

New BlackBerry phone aims to revive faded brand

We do know the price for the BlackBerry KEY2, though, which will be set at $649.

TCL also sells low-end phones in the United States under the brand of France's Alcatel, which are mainly used with pre-paid carriers.

A little more than a year after the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone, a new keyboard-clad BlackBerry phone has arrived. TCL is promising up to two days battery life (unchanged) and a new Smart Battery Experience feature that learns from your daily charging habits to make recommendations for when you should charge your phone to make it through the day. There's also 64GB or 128GB of storage and a 3,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C. If you are into BlackBerrys and you long for the feel of physical keys below your thumbs, though, the KEY2 looks to be a nice upgrade over the KEYone.

Beneath it there's a reworked keyboard, with larger keys that are also 20-percent higher than on the BlackBerry KEYone.

Additionally, the device comes with Firefox Focus, a privacy browser by Mozilla that prevents web browsing sessions from being tracked.

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Key2 also features two 12MP rear cameras (1.28 µm and f1.8, 1.0 µm and f2.6) and an 8MP front-facing sensor. As for sound there's still a 3.5mm headphone jack, which will please many, or you can go wireless with Bluetooth 5.0.

There's still the promise of monthly BlackBerry Mobile security updates, and TCL says that the KEY2 will get "at least one major OS update" in its lifecycle.

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. "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".

Another huge area of improvement on the BlackBerry Key2 is the keyboard.

While the KEYone started out at $550 in the US, the KEY2 is $100 more expensive at $650.

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