Review: BlackBerry KEY2
TCL and BlackBerry did mostly good work with the KEY2. There's no question the hardware is a dramatic improvement thanks to its slimmer, lighter chassis and re-keyed keyboard. The KEY2 is a better device to hold and use, and comes across as a more premium device than the original.
The phone covers the core performance metrics in stride. The screen is good enough, voice and data quality are good, and battery life exceeds expectations. Some will surely be happy with the KEY2's support for two SIM cards and LTE networks around the globe. The keyboard is excellent, and its customization options nearlty unlimited. I wish the phone were watertight.
I'm happy with the Android user experience and the powerful productivity additions from BlackBerry can be a boon to business users. The KEY2 has more software tools than most Android phones. It's certainly more secure.
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The camera is the weakest link. The app itself is fine, but the images just don't measure up.
The KEY2 costs $649. This phone is for people specifically seeking the physical keyboard and advanced productivity software. Pretty much everyone else will be best served by a modern slate from Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, or others.
The KEY2 didn't quite unlock my heart, but it may be the key to your corporate users' daily duties.
TCL gave its BlackBerry phone a total makeover and hit all the right spots. The phone is easier on the eyes, easier to hold and use, and more powerful than ever thanks to improved specs.
Feb 24, 2019
The BlackBerry Key2 will soon be available in a new Red Edition, which comes standard with 128 GB of storage (a step-up option on the standard Key2). The Key2 Red Edition also comes with an exclusive red BlackBerry-branded earbuds.
Aug 30, 2018
TCL today announced the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, a mass-market smartphone with a keyboard. The phone is a scaled back variant of the KEY2 with a new exterior.
Jun 21, 2018
TCL today said the BlackBerry KEY2 will be available to preorder starting June 29 with an expected retail date of July 13. The phone will be sold unlocked from Amazon and Best Buy for $649.
Jun 7, 2018
TCL today announced the KEY2, a second-generation BlackBerry phone that combines a large screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and hardened Android software in an aluminum body. The company made a number of changes to the chassis in order to resolve consumer pain points.