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Blackberry releases its ‘most advanced’ smartphone ever. Here’s a look

Blackberry releases its ‘most advanced’ smartphone ever. Here’s a look

There's also a new button called the Speed Key, which acts as a shortcut button to quickly switch between apps.

Last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and measly 3GB RAM have been replaced with a Snapdragon 660 and impressive 6GB RAM. Meanwhile, the 4.5-inch touchscreen now gets 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3, which promises to be more scratch-resistant.

The leaked pictures appear to show a dual lens rear camera while T3 have speculated that the KEY2 could feature a smart assistant.

Chinese electronics maker TCL Corp on Thursday launched a high-end smartphone in the United States that it developed with Canada's BlackBerry Ltd, touting security and privacy features to distinguish it from other devices. BlackBerry has also added in portrait mode so that you can add a blurry background to your photos if you'd like. You still get in-keyboard fingerprint recognition. The QWERTY still supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also 52 app shortcuts via short and long press. On the front, the KEY2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera. It's preloaded with the DTEK by BlackBerry app, which gives a security audit of the phone including what data and hardware access each app is claiming. New this time around is that the device ships with Firefox Focus, which Mozilla incidentally updated with cookie management and autocomplete improvements just a couple of weeks ago. Two versions of the KEY2 will be available: silver with 64GB storage and black with 128GB storage. A new Proactive Health check feature promises to make that scanning process even easier.

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Rounding things out is a 3500mAh battery, USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, a Series 7 aluminum frame, and Android 8.1 Oreo. A dual-SIM model will be sold in select regions, like the Middle East, APAC, India, and Indonesia.

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

TCL said that the BlackBerry KEY2 will begin shipping globally later this month. Although the KEY2 will be available for buying in the West this month, in global markets (including in India), the phone will be available for buying in July, BlackBerry has confirmed.


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