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Bring back the BlackBerry slider

Bring back the BlackBerry slider

The BlackBerry KEY2 is an brand new phone trying to coexist with an old-school form-factor, and struggling all the way. When it comes to capturing nostalgia, TCL - which has been licensing the BlackBerry brand for smartphones since 2016 - has done an excellent job. Problem is, there hasn't been quite as much success in making a must-have smartphone.

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BlackBerry KEY2 Review: Growing keys, shrinking audience

BlackBerry KEY2 Review: Growing keys, shrinking audience

If we're giving out awards for smartphone dedication in the face of modernity, the BlackBerry KEY2 should probably get a spot on the podium. TCL's 2018 flagship continues to obstinately buck the trend for full-touch, refining its physical keyboard and still promising a compelling trifecta of QWERTY, security, and reliability. At $649.99, though, are the KEY2's grudging acknowledgements of dual-camera technology enough to make this particular BlackBerry sufficiently juicy?

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BlackBerry KEY2 US launch: all the details available here

BlackBerry KEY2 US launch: all the details available here

If you’re a hardcore, key-mashing typist who must feel the key travel at each and every press, you really don’t have much choice as far as smartphones go. Fortunately, now you have a new choice, depending on the design, specs, and price that you find most convincing. The BlackBerry KEY2 definitely changes the game a bit and BlackBerry’s third Android QWERTY smartphone will finally be available to US buyers in just a few weeks.

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Top smartphones of Q2 2018: where things stand

Top smartphones of Q2 2018: where things stand

The year is half over and we’ve mostly seen all that year has to offer as far as smartphones go. Except, of course, for Apple new iPhones and Samsung’s last hurrah for the year. We already took a look at the premium phones that landed in the market in the first few months of the year and was admittedly at a loss for which one came out at the top. This quarter has its own roster with seemingly interesting personalities. Will a winner finally stand out? Let’s take a look.

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BlackBerry KEY2 first look

BlackBerry KEY2 first look

The BlackBerry KEY2 is an obstinate phone, and one defined by its most retro feature: the keyboard. Just about every design, software, and hardware decision manufacturer TCL has made comes down to the physical keys in some way, whether it's the form-factor, the size of the touchscreen, or the new "Speed Key" that promises to make navigating Android 8.1 Oreo all the smoother. I've been using the KEY2 since last week, so read on for my first look first-impressions.

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BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY

BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY

A new BlackBerry is always a cause for celebration since the smartphone-maker's reinvention with Android, and the BlackBerry KEY2 is no exception. Unveiled in New York 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.

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Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, Microsoft too much freedom

Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, Microsoft too much freedom

It seems that even after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has not yet covered all its legal bases or sorted out any loose ends. Perhaps that’s for the best since it allows even more information about the social networking giant’s practices to surface. A new report has revealed that Facebook may have given partners such as Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft, and BlackBerry far too much access not just to Facebook users’ data but even those of their friends as well.

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BlackBerry Key2 teaser reveals mystery button, dual rear cameras

BlackBerry Key2 teaser reveals mystery button, dual rear cameras

BlackBerry has announced the date for its upcoming BlackBerry Key2 smartphone unveiling. The company wasn't content leaving us in the dark, so it published a short teaser showcasing a few features users can expect. There are dual rear cameras, for example, as well as a physical keyboard. Most interesting, though, is the handset's new mystery button.

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BlackBerry KEY2 reveal set for next month

BlackBerry KEY2 reveal set for next month

While once a dominant phone manufacturer, BlackBerry hasn't really been a major contender in the smartphone space for quite some time. Still, that hasn't stopped BlackBerry Mobile and parent company TCL from releasing some interesting handsets over the past few years. One BlackBerry phone that managed to turn some heads was the KEYone, an Android device equipped with the company's signature physical keyboard.

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BlackBerry KEY2 “Athena” shows up at TENAA, leaked photo

BlackBerry KEY2 “Athena” shows up at TENAA, leaked photo

BlackBerry, or at least TCL, still isn't done with QWERTY phones apparently. BlackBerry is long overdue a 2018 smartphone and by the looks of it, it's almost here. Separate sightings, an official one at TENAA and a leaked photo over at Weibo, gives a pretty good look at the next BlackBerry, which is not really entirely new. Codenamed "Athena", this new BlackBerry looks pretty much like the KEYone so it shouldn't really be surprising to find out that it might be called the BlackBerry KEY2, or KEY2 if you really want to be precise.

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BlackBerry KEYone successor “Athena” renders leak out

BlackBerry KEYone successor “Athena” renders leak out

If you thought that BlackBerry, technically TCL, was done with QWERTY phones, then this latest leak might prove you wrong. Provided it’s accurate, of course. Renders of what is allegedly called the BlackBerry “Athena” have just popped up, suggesting that the phone maker is going to give the classic BlackBerry feature one more try, despite mediocre, though not exactly bad, market performance. It does seem, however, that the BlackBerry “KEYtwo” will at least be adopting modern smartphone trends while fortunately keeping one other classic feature.

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BlackBerry sues Snap, says it violated half a dozen patents

BlackBerry sues Snap, says it violated half a dozen patents

Less than a month after going after Facebook over alleged copyright infringement, BlackBerry is back with another lawsuit, this time taking Snap to task. As with last month's lawsuit, BlackBerry has accused Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, of infringing upon some of its messaging patents, in this case half a dozen that were issued from 2012 to 2014. Two of those six patents are part of BlackBerry's legal action against Facebook.

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