China-based TCL Corporation that manufactures and markets BlackBerry-branded smartphones, has launched the BlackBerry KEY2 at an event here. "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," the Business Insider reported on Thursday.
The new smartphone is an upgrade to BlackBerry KEYOne which was launched last year.
"TCL's goal had been to 'capture all the traits that have made BlackBerry smartphones iconic, while introducing new innovations and experiences' which mostly come through software," The Verge quoted Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry, as saying.
"One look at its physical keyboard, and you know it's a BlackBerry. That's what the brand is counting on to push sales," Lejeune added.
The dual cameras with an aperture of F/1.8 and one with a F/2.6 provide "Portrait Mode" and faster auto-focus.
The front 8MP camera has slow-motion and panorama modes as well as the ability to record 1080p video at 30 fps.
KEY2 has the same 3,500mAh battery as that of the KEYOne.