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The BlackBerry Key2 will officially be unveiled at a media event in NY on Thursday morning although at this point, we're not really sure what else is left to announce aside from a proposed launch date and perhaps carrier partners.

The new smartphone, which will still feature Blackberry's iconic keyboard, will be the first device to have a dual-rear camera.

While the KEY2 release includes a new camera and a tweaked QWERTY keyboard, it is clear that TCL is seeking to encourage business users, who once fuelled BlackBerry smartphones' success, by delivering improved security and privacy in an Android phone. "Upfront, they have kept the same 4.5" 3:2 display that pushes 1620×1080 pixels resolution. BlackBerry will also be hosting pop-up stores across cities like New York City, a la OnePlus, so potential buyers can come and experience the KEY2.

In the case of the KEY2 specifically, it's a clear evolution over the last BlackBerry.

For more information about the BlackBerry KEY2 then head on over to the official website. An octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor is stuffed in there along with 6GB of RAM - double what was in the KEYone - and 64GB or 128GB of storage. Now, if the original KEYone wowed you with its one-of-a-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry's push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will literally blow your minds with everything that's in store. 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.

Just hold the Speed Key and any of your customizable 52 shortcut keys to access a frequently used app, call a favorite contact, or anything else you might want to do. Though the mystery behind a new button right at the bottom right of the keyboard still remains, and we expect it to be solved at the launch event itself. The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps. If you need additional storage, you can pop a microSD card into the KEY2. On the front, the KEY2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera. Firefox Focus, Mozilla's privacy browser, is present too.

What do you think of the BlackBerry KEY2?

According to TCL, the Blackberry KEY2 will be shipping globally starting this month.


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