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BlackBerry KEY2 Canadian specs, pricing and availability

08 June 2018, 12:33 | Cameron Gross

BlackBerry KEY2: Everything you need to know

BlackBerry Key2 specs, photos leak ahead of June 7 reveal

On the back is the first dual rear camera on a BlackBerry, with two 12-megapixel sensors.

TCL did not share an exact launch date.

In the U.S., the BlackBerry KEY2 will sell at a starting price of $649 which roughly translates to Rs 43,726. We'll keep you posted as we learn specifics. How many more of these the duo will make is anyone's guess.

The new device, which includes a physical keyboard under a 4.5 inch screen and runs the Android operating system updates the first BlackBerry Key released past year. New this time around is that the device ships with Firefox Focus, which Mozilla incidentally updated with cookie management and autocomplete improvements just a couple of weeks ago. The BlackBerry Key2 is both slimmer and lighter than the BlackBerry KeyOne, has a larger 4.5-inch display that's almost edge-to-edge, and has a larger physical keyboard.

So, a quick rundown.

It's all reportedly powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 SoC and Kryo 260 graphics mated to 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of local storage that's expandable via microSD card slot. Now, if the original KEYone wowed you with its one-of-a-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry's push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will literally blow your minds with everything that's in store.

At a time when data privacy is firmly in the spotlight, the phone's security features are also being touted.

The KEY2 measures in at 151.4 mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm, making it taller, yet thinner, than the KEYone. Oh, and the headphone jack remains. The keyboard-toting flagship brings a number of new features.

On the BlackBerry KeyOne, each key was customizable, meaning you could set it up as a shortcut to access from your home screen.

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

For changes over last year's KeyOne, BlackBerry highlights an improved physical keyboard with Speed Key, which allows you to utilize shortcuts and gestures to open apps regardless of what screen you're on.

All that said, we're not expecting many surprises, as the BlackBerry Key2 has been heavily leaked, so we have a good idea of what it's likely to look like and of all the specs.

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