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First look and hands-on with the incredible new BlackBerry KEY2

The icon returns in fine form, sporting dual rear cameras, an improved physical keyboard with Speed Key, and the best security in the business

Last year, from the smartphone madness of Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, Connected witnessed the unveiling of BlackBerry and TCL's first collaboration – the BlackBerry KEYone. To say the least, we were impressed. A year later and the partnered companies are at it again, and in fine form, with the second iteration of its KEY product series, the BlackBerry KEY2. CityNews and Breakfast Television Calgary's resident tech expert, Mike Yawney, was on hand in New York for the launch event of the new device. Check out the video above for his take.

Loaded with new features, and improvements on existing ones, the BlackBerry KEY2 is the first BlackBerry equipped with dual rear cameras, meaning better pictures in a wide range of light situations, faster focus capabilities and, now, the inclusion of the ever popular "portrait" mode. Its iconic physical keyboard has gotten an upgrade, too, with the introduction of what the company is calling a Speed Key, giving users the ability to instantly access their most-used apps and functions. And rounding out the features of the Android 8.1 Oreo device is, as always, BlackBerry's industry-leading security, as described by BlackBerry's SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber: "BlackBerry phones are the world’s most secure Android smartphones. We design them for security from the inside out." Derek Malcolm

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