The new BlackBerry smartphone is here - and yes, it has a keyboard

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Chinese electronics company TCL today announced the BlackBerry Key2, priced at $649 Dollars, $829 CAD, €649, and £579.

Additionally, the KEY2 features a first for any BlackBerry-branded device: a dual rear-camera setup.

To most people, BlackBerry might seem like a part of ancient history given its status as one of the pioneers within the smartphone business but don't get it wrong: the brand is still alive.

Featuring an iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard and loaded with BlackBerry Limited's best security and privacy enhancements, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone packs a number of features that are firsts for any BlackBerry smartphone.

The handset also features a 4.5-inch, 1620 x 1080 IPS LCD screen with a 3.2 aspect ratio, with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass providing protection against scratches and knocks.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale later this month for a reasonable $649 - an exact date is not yet known, though.

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Around back, BlackBerry's outfitted the KEY2 with dual 12MP sensors.

Let's start with the time: BlackBerry's unveiling event will commence at 3 pm BST on June 7.

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.

Beneath it there's a reworked keyboard, with larger keys that are also 20-percent higher than on the BlackBerry KEYone. It comes preloaded with DTEK by BlackBerry application that removes the complexity of security by providing an "at a glance" security meter. But the unique feature is the Speed Key, situated in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard. There is also a new key called the Speed Key. Other specifications include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card support, Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE. Those cameras will be able to shoot 4K and 1080p videos. The promise is up to two days of battery life; the KEY2 charges via USB-C. 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.

In the U.S., the BlackBerry KEY2 will sell at a starting price of $649 which roughly translates to Rs 43,726. As a reference, the previous BlackBerry KEYone was launched in Malaysia for RM2,688 with 6% GST.