There's a new BlackBerry smartphone named Blackberry Key2, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand.

The BlackBerry Key2 was unveiled Thursday in New York by TCL Communication, the Chinese manufacturer which took over the rights to the smartphone brand from the Canadian tech firm in 2016.

The Key2 builds on last year's KeyOne (aka Mercury), which was the first BlackBerry phone released under a licensing deal with Chinese manufacturer TCL Communication.

The key2 smartphone features a 4.5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (128GB on the black version), and packing a 3500mAh hour battery, as well a new, larger and more intelligent keyboard.

Blackberry Key 2 Specifications
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Display4.5-inch, 1620×1080
IPS LCD
434ppi
3:2 aspect ratio
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Octa-Core 2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4
Adreno 512 GPU
RAM6GB
Storage64GB (Silver), 64GB (Black)
128GB (Black)
ExpandablemicroSD up to 256GB
Rear CameraDual Camera 12M (1.28um, F1.8) + 12M (1.0um, F2.6) with Dual Tone LED Flash
HDR, 4K video recording at 30 fps
Scan, Private Capture
Front Camera8MP Fixed Focus
Selfie flash
1080p/30 video
Battery3500 mAh non-removable
ChargingUSB-C
Compatible with USB Power Delivery 2.0 v1.2 & 9V2A 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Chargers
Water resistanceNo
Headphone jackYes
SecurityDTEK security suite
FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption
Android For Work, Google Play for Work
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac, 5GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC
GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, OTDOA
FM Radio, 4G Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, USB OTG
BBF100-1 – EU, Africa, AU, JapanLTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/19/20/26/28/32
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
BBF100-2 – Canada, US, LATAMLTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/20/28/29/30/66
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
BBF100-4 – ChinaLTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/26/28
TD-LTE Band 34/38/39/40/41
CDMA Band BC0
BBF100-6 (Dual SIM version) – ME, APAC, India, IndoLTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/19/20/26/28/32
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
Dimensions151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm
Weight168g
Price
The phone starts at $649 (N245,000), according to the company and will begin shipping globally this month.

Note that Nokia 7 Plus and Blackberry Key2 have a similar spec but Nokia 7 Plus cost just $380, while Key2 is twice the price of Nokia 7 plus.

Blackberry hasn’t been selling much devices of late compared to other OEM’s probably because their price tag is too high.

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