BlackBerry KEY2 with 4.5-inch display and physical QWERTY keypad goes official

TCL launches the BlackBerry Key2 for $649

It does pair it with a 3:2 screen and also adds a dual camera on the back, which is a BlackBerry first.

BlackBerry Key2 is official, and this device continues to feature its USP of a physical keyboard, which makes the the phones stand-out from other Android devices in market.

The phone is built like a tank, featuring a Series 7 aluminum alloy frame and a Textured diamond grip non-slip back.

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It runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB RAM.

The Android handset's keys are 20 per cent larger than predecessor the BlackBerry KeyOne's, while the new Speed Key enables the user to launch apps, make calls and other basic functions when held down and pressed in conjunction with designated shortcut keys. BlackBerry Key2 will include a microSD card slot as well, supporting microSD cards up to 256GB in capacity.

The Key2 is the successor to the touchscreen-keyboard hybrid Key that was launched previous year. It's hard to look at the KEY2 and not see the keyboard, as it is literally the main selling point with the phone. BlackBerry is using the secondary rear shooter as a telephoto zoom, similar to the iPhone X, and enabling portrait mode shots too.

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If want know everything about the BlackBerry KEY2, don't forget to tune in tomorrow at 10 am EDT. This might be a new multitasking button, although this is just speculation at this point. It comes preloaded with DTEK by BlackBerry application that removes the complexity of security by providing an "at a glance" security meter. It lets you launch apps by pressing the key and the letter assigned to the app.

It packs in a 3500mAh battery, supports QC 3.0 chargers and claims to offer 2-day battery backup. For instance, if you set the "S" key to open Spotify then pressing the speed key following by "S" will open the app. While the upcoming smartphone has a relatively smaller screen at 4.5 inches, the leaked information indicates that it features a high resolution of 1,620 x 1,080 with a 434-pixel density.

Prices of the Blackberry Key2 have been leaked by Evan Blass by stating that it will be priced at $649 U.S. / €649 European Union / £579 GB / $829 CA which would convert to approximately Rs 43,570 by taking into consideration the Dollars rate. Dimensions of the BlackBerry KEY2 are 151.4x71.8x8.5mm and weight is 168 grams. On the software front, BlackBerry Key2 will debut with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box.

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In terms of connectivity, the BlackBerry Key2 will support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, USB OTG, DP through Type-C port, FM radio, NFC, and 4G VoLTE.

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