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BlackBerry Key2: the smartphone keyboard lives on in 2018

BlackBerry Key2: the smartphone keyboard lives on in 2018

Canadian smartphone-maker BlackBerry launched its latest offering the BlackBerry KEY2 at an event held in NY on June 7. Moreover, this physical keyboard is touch-sensitive and can be used for navigation.

"Although there are many different smartphones for consumers to choose from today, most tend to offer very similar experiences without much distinction from one to the next", he said.

The KEY2 has dual 12MP rear cameras, better image stabilization and faster autofocus.

In terms of specs, the BlackBerry KEY2 runs on Android 8.1, a Snapdragon 660 processor and 6GB of RAM. The KEYone suffered with some major performance issues that were attributed to its relatively small RAM, as pointed out by 9To5Google.

If anything, the biggest physical changes here come in the form of a new 12-megapixel dual-lens camera (f/1.8 + f/2.6). But there is a missed-logic here as the more display space is only needed if the device is primarily focused on the touch-based interface, and this is where BlackBerry Mobile has been smart as its interpretation of Android is not exclusively touch-based.

The cameras are also capable of recording videos in 4K resolution at 30fps.

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Regional officials have estimated annual maintenance costs of the various World Cup stadiums at $3.2 million to $6.4 million each. He suggested the stadiums could add cafes and shopping malls to boost their profitability. "I fully agree with him".

The rear camera set-up consists of two 12MP lenses, coupled with a 8MP front-facing camera. Now, if the original KEYone from previous year moved you with its one-of-its-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry's push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will quite literally blow your minds with everything that it's bringing to the table. The Key2 isn't water resistant, but there is a USB-C port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Key height on the BlackBerry KEY2 has been increased by 20 percent for a more comfortable and accurate typing experience. There's also a new button called the Speed Key, which acts as a shortcut button to quickly switch between apps. Pressing the speed and another key like "G" will launch the Google app.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will cost about AED2,399 ($649). You can also scan your device for potential vulnerabilities and security optimizations.

KEY2 is also touted to be the most secure Android smartphone with enhanced security and privacy features built-in as private browse (Firefox Focus), which lets you browse the internet with no tracking, and no history recording.

This is the sequel of the BlackBerry KeyONE which launched past year and even though it didn't sell in millions, the phone earned some praise. For those who are eagerly awaiting the details as to what the specifications of the handset will entail, then you should look no further as it appears that the entire feature set of the Key2 has been leaked by Evan Blass, the man behind some of the most notable smartphone leaks in recent history.


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