BlackBerry fans are looking for a comeback — here’s why the KEY2 does a ‘pretty good job’.
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Many grew up clacking away on their BlackBerry — it helped keep track of appointments or schedules and was a pretty popular competitor to other phone models back in the day.
Now, BlackBerry is back with a new physical keyboard phone — giving those who used to be fans of the devices something to celebrate. BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry Key2 June 7, 2018. The new smartphone comes complete with BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard, that uses touch sensors to make typing faster.
The screen itself is only 4.5 inches and the device runs Android Oreo. It has dual rear cameras and enhanced security, using BlackBerry’s DTEK system.
“When we transitioned to Android, we made the decision to bring out an application called DTEK,” explained SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions Alex Thurber. “And one way to think about DTEK is that it is a dashboard into the security status of your phone. Kind of an ongoing view into your security posture.”
Blackberry stopped using its own OS in 2015 and stopped designing their own phones in 2016. The Key2 was designed under TCL Communication, the brand licensing partner to BlackBerry. Still, the Key2 is undeniably BlackBerry, all that’s missing is the traditional trackball.
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