BlackBerry is also introducing a new Speed Key that lets you use custom shortcuts from anywhere on the screen.
TCL shares the following significant specifications.
The BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale later this month for a reasonable $649 - an exact date is not yet known, though.
There's a new BlackBerry smartphone, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand.
According to Blass, the BlackBerry KEY2 will cost £579 at launch, an increase of £70 over the KEYone.
TCL has taken great pains to make it appear more polished than its predecessor.
The BlackBerry KEY² is the first Blackberry phone to come with dual cameras but hopefully won't be the last. For safer browsing, it even comes preloaded with Firefox Focus.
The KEY² keeps the screen of the KEYone - a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
So, a quick rundown.
Last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and measly 3GB RAM have been replaced with a Snapdragon 660 and impressive 6GB RAM. TCL is promising up to two days battery life (unchanged) and a new Smart Battery Experience feature that learns from your daily charging habits to make recommendations for when you should charge your phone to make it through the day. There's an 8MP front-facing shooter which also has a selfie flash this time around.
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.
While TCL boasted new features, including a dual-rear camera and enhanced privacy controls, it's the keyboard that highlights the launch. But the unique feature is the Speed Key, situated in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard.
The BlackBerry KEY2 has also passed our Malaysian SIRIM certification which is a sign that it's coming very soon.
A recent New York Times investigation showed Facebook had data partnerships with 60 device makers, including Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry, that allowed those companies to get the data of Facebook users' friends without their consent.
TCL also sells low-end phones in the United States under the French brand Alcatel, which are mainly used with prepaid carriers. Unveiled in NY today, the TCL-made smartphone delivers what we've come to expect from the BlackBerry brand of late: the combination of a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard in a minimalistically-handsome design, along with the latest version of Google's OS.