TCL just dropped the sequel to the KeyOne, the company’s amazingly great keyboard-sporting BlackBerry handset. We reviewed it around this time last calendar year, and it was pretty much more than enough to restore our faith in the choices of BlackBerry as a brand name. Virtually. Of course, that experienced considerably extra to do with TCL’s ability to produce reliable components than any residual BB legacy.
The Key2 builds on the guarantee of its predecessor, bringing again the bodily keyboard and familiar BlackBerry-styled structure, made all-around a four.5-inch touchscreen and aluminum frame. The mobile phone, naturally, runs Android (eight.one to begin), loaded up with your conventional suite of BlackBerry application, such as DTEK. The stability application has been up-to-date with an new Proactive Well being element, which gives a comprehensive technique scan.
As TCL proudly notes, this is the very first BlackBerry/BlackBerry-branded gadget to element twin rear-experiencing cameras, so that’s one thing. The pair of twelve-megapixel cameras help produce the gadget into 2018 with options like Portait Mode, Optical Super Zoom and Google Lens.
There is a chunky 3,500mAH battery and a middling Snapdragon 660, coupled with a generous 6GB of RAM and either 64- or 128GB of storage. Not much too shabby, but all of that arrives with a $649 cost tag, which marks a $one hundred quality more than the KeyOne, which ought to make this a bit of a harder pill to swallow for what to quite a few no doubt even now feels like a bit of a novelty in the smartphone group.
The Key2 starts off shipping this month, and TCL tells me that it plans to preserve selling the KeyOne as well, for the time becoming.