The new BlackBerry smartphone is here - and yes, it has a keyboard

BlackBerry Debuts KEY2 With Dual Cameras & Smarter Keyboard

Historically, BlackBerry smartphones haven't had a great reputation of providing impressive cameras so one shouldn't hold one's breath for that to happen this time around but there is no denying on paper these look like good camera specs.

At a glance the BlackBerry KEY2 looks quite similar to the BlackBerry KEYone as the overall highly angular shape, metal build, and QWERTY keyboard all make a return once again.

The BlackBerry Key2 was unveiled Thursday in NY by TCL Communication, the Chinese manufacturer which took over the rights to the smartphone brand from the Canadian tech firm in 2016. When it comes to typing the email, Key2 is smooth with its keyboard but if you are a fan of virtual keyboard, it is something that would annoy you for sure.

Alain Lejeune, SVP of TCL communication and President of BlackBerry Mobile, highlights that while there is a slew of smartphones now available on the market, a lot of them offer a similar experience without standing out from the crowd. But it has made some slight changes in Key2. The space key hosts a fingerprint scanner, just as expected.

The Key2's keyboard can be used as a touchpad to scroll pages and one can use gestures too for the same objective, scrolling.

There's a new BlackBerry smartphone, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand. With a 4.5 inch LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2, the phone is ideal to watch shows and stream movies.

In the past, physical keyboards could be a key feature for some users, but today they are being outshined by other interface options, such as artificial intelligence and voice control, said Nguyen. That is a little negative aspect.

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BlackBerry Key2 is backed by a 3500Ah battery and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

As Blackberry is also admired for its battery life.

Also included in the KEY2, are the all-new dual 12-megapixel main cameras on the rear of the device, which deliver faster auto focus, improved image stabilization and new photo modes that haven't been included in earlier BlackBerry devices. It has a big battery of 3500 mAh, probably considered too long for two days. DTEK by BlackBerry now includes a new Proactive Health check feature, which allows users to instantly get feedback on potential vulnerabilities and security optimizations on their phones.

It works like a quick access. Such as, one can set F for Facebook, S for Snapchat, etc.

"I don't think the name, nor features like a physical keyboard make it appealing enough to garner significant interest for this product", he said.

"It continues to amaze me that the market doesn't recognize that BlackBerry is arguably the better choice if you are concerned at all about safety and privacy", said Enderle. With many exciting features.

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