China's TCL launches high-end BlackBerry smartphone in U.S.

China's TCL launches high-end BlackBerry smartphone in U.S.

The BlackBerry Key2 will officially be unveiled at a media event in NY on Thursday morning although at this point, we're not really sure what else is left to announce aside from a proposed launch date and perhaps carrier partners.

TCL unveiled the BlackBerry KEY2, which runs on Alphabet Inc.'s widely used Android operating system, amid tensions between Washington and Beijing over the sale of Chinese telecommunications equipment in the United States.

"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", Alain Lejeune, senior vice president of TCL Communication and president of Blackberry Mobile, said in a statement.

While BlackBerry no longer makes smartphones, it does license its name to a company called TCL which makes Android devices that carry the branding - and sometimes, a physical keyboard.

The gadget has a 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with a 1620*1080p resolution, 434ppi pixel density, an aspect ratio of 3:2 and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 level protection.

Pricing for the device, which is available later this month, starts at $649.

A new BlackBerry is always a cause for celebration since the smartphone-maker's reinvention with Android, and the BlackBerry KEY2 is no exception.

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The KEY2 offers two days of battery life and 6GB of memory in both the 64GB and 128GB versions of the device.

For more information about the BlackBerry KEY2 then head on over to the official website. Other specifications include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card support, Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE. It comes preloaded with DTEK by BlackBerry application that removes the complexity of security by providing an "at a glance" security meter.

"This is bringing new challenges to the industry". The bottom part of the phone is occupied by an intelligent QWERTY keypad with 20 percent larger keys and dedicated speed keys which allows users to assign up to 52 customised shortcuts. You can record video in 4K at 30 FPS, dual-tone flash helps to brighten dark scenes, and there's Phase Detection Autofocus. Providing juice is a huge 3,500 mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0.

Additionally, the device comes with Firefox Focus, a privacy browser by Mozilla that prevents web browsing sessions from being tracked.

BlackBerry Key2 launch: What to expect?

In the USA, the BlackBerry KEY2 will sell at a starting price of $649 which roughly translates to Rs 43,726.

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