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

  • BlackBerry maker TCL has unveiled its latest smartphone: the BlackBerry Key2.
  • The new device is an update to last year’s BlackBerry KeyOne. It features a 4.5-inch screen, dual rear cameras, and a physical keyboard.
  • The BlackBerry Key2 will be available for preorder starting later this month and will start at $US649.

TCL on Thursday unveiled a new premium smartphone: the BlackBerry Key2.

The new device is an upgrade to the BlackBerry KeyOne, which launched in the spring of last year. The BlackBerry Key2 is both slimmer and lighter than the BlackBerry KeyOne, has a larger 4.5-inch display that’s nearly edge-to-edge, and has a larger physical keyboard.

Also new this year: the BlackBerry Key2 has a dual 12-megapixel rear camera that has portrait mode and Google Lens built in. There’s also a new button called the Speed Key, which acts as a shortcut button to quickly switch between apps.

TCL says the BlackBerry Key2 will get more than a full day of battery life. The BlackBerry Key2 will start at $US649 and will be available for preorder in seven countries including the US starting later this month.

While the BlackBerry Key2 technically bears the BlackBerry name, it’s made by Chinese electronics company TCL. Back in December 2016, TCL acquired the global licensing rights from BlackBerry, which means that TCL can now design, manufacture, and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones.

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