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BlackBerry Key2 preorders start June 29th for $649.99

The official release date is July 13th.

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TCL’s BlackBerry Key2 finally has a release date – it will be available on July the 13th in the United States. Preorders will start at Amazon and Best Buy on June the 29th and the handset will start at $649.99 ($100 more than the KeyOne was at release).

The Key2 has been updated in multiple areas over the KeyOne. TCL has slimmed down the design, with fewer bezels than the original and the iconic keyboard has been made 20% larger, while the keys are slightly higher to aid in typing. It’s not a drastic redesign, but if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it.

The internals has been upgraded too, with a more powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC (versus the 625 Snapdragon in the KeyOne) and storage and RAM have been doubled to either 64GB or 128GB of storage (64gb in the USA) and 6GB of RAM.

The front-facing camera is still an 8MP shooter, but the rear camera has been redesigned with the first time a dual-camera module has been used on a BlackBerry device. Both of those cameras are at 12MP, just like most of the flagship devices right now. The 3:2 aspect ratio screen is still 4.5-inches, and the battery is unchanged from 3,500mAh.

The handsets sold at Amazon and Best Buy will be offered carrier-unlocked (TCL and BlackBerry say that the phone is optimized for GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T), with silver and black options.

Do you plan on scooping one up or are you going to pass? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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