The BlackBerry KEY2, already available in the U.S. and Canada since earlier this month, will be launched in India on July 31st. The country is the second largest smartphone market in the world, but without a strong economy, consumers there are buying value priced phones from Xiaomi and lower-range Samsung models. Priced at 42,990 Rupees ($623 USD) in the country, the sequel to the BlackBerry KEYone might prove to be a difficult sale in India. Especially when the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s will be available next month for around 38,000 Rupees ($551 USD).
The KEY2 will be offered in India exclusively from Amazon, and has several improvements over the original model. For example, the keys are 20% larger, and the physical keyboard includes a new Speed Key allowing users to access 52 possible user-set shortcuts from any screen. The handset also carries the first dual-camera setup to ever grace the back of a BlackBerry phone.
While the chipset has been bumped to the Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, and the phone now includes 6GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage, one thing that TCL didn't change is the 3500mAh battery. The latter should keep you tap, tap, tapping on your KEY2 for up to 48 hours.
If you live in India, you can head to Amazon's site to set up a reminder that will notify you when the phone is about to be released in the country. To get to that site, simply click on the sourcelink below.