Leaks for TCL’s BlackBerry Key2 more closely resemble a flood at this point, with a full reveal of the phone’s design earlier this week now being followed by a full spec sheet and the price, courtesy of Evan Blass on Twitter.
According to Blass, the Key2 is set to cost $649 in the United States, or $100 more than the KeyOne sold for when it first launched last year. It’s an interesting ploy, to be sure, since I somehow doubt that anyone was really hoping to pay even more money for a new BlackBerry in 2018.
Like the KeyOne before it, TCL is continuing to offer a decidedly midrange spec list for the Key2. On the processor front, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip powering the phone, and both RAM and internal storage have been doubled from the KeyOne to 6GB of memory and either 64GB or 128GB of space. The front-facing camera is still an 8-megapixel shooter, but the rear camera — as teased by TCL earlier — is getting upgraded to a dual 12-megapixel camera system.
But it seems that TCL has left a lot of the Key2 unchanged. The display seems to be exactly the same as the KeyOne, offering a 4.5-inch, 1620 x 1080 panel that was already small, cramped, and low-resolution back in 2017. The battery is the same size at 3,500mAh, which, combined with the midrange Qualcomm chipset, should bode well for the Key2 offering the same good battery life as its predecessor. And of course, the iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard is still here. But if you’ve already this far into a BlackBerry post, you probably knew that already.
TCL is set to announce the BlackBerry Key2 on June 7th, although it’s not entirely clear if there’s anything left to announce.