The Blackberry Key2 is the first Android handset from the company to feature a dual camera setup on the back. Now BlackBerry Mobile is back, with a handset mixing modern phone features with some familiar classic BlackBerry stylings - and that means a physical keyboard.
The device boasts productivity features such as Speed Key, 20 percent larger keys for improved accuracy while typing, convenience key along with a BlackBerry Hub. The Key2's keyboard has a matte finish, compared to the glossy one on the original KEYone. The frame is made out of series 7 aluminum and the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The resolution is a unique 1620 x 1080 with 3:2 aspect ratio, and while some apps will look fine, some others may not adapt as well.
Under the hood, the smartphone runs on the Snapdragon 660 chipset.
You can pick up the Key2 later this month with either a black or silver trim, and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage on board (expandable via microSD card). Take the display for instance; nowadays the common understanding is that a new and so-called premium phone must have more display real estate than it did a year ago.
The camera also supports the ever-popular Portrait mode of photography where backgrounds are more softly focused to enhance the subject of an image.
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If want know everything about the BlackBerry KEY2, don't forget to tune in tomorrow at 10 am EDT. This is the third device produced under its partnership with TCL, under which BlackBerry controls the smartphones software and signs off on security updates. BlackBerry Mobile seems to think otherwise and this is important to note as the KEY2 is a device created to be a workhorse device - after all, it's a BlackBerry.
For example, holding the Speed Key and pressing the T key can be set to launch Twitter, bypassing the need to launch the app from the phone's home screen. The BlackBerry KEY2 brings noticeable changes over its predecessor, including a design overhaul and dual camera module on the rear panel.
As always, BlackBerry's pedigree for security continues to be a focus. There's also a new private locker feature that allows you to lock away files like before, but will now let you lock individual apps behind a password or fingerprint scan.
The Key2 packs in a respectable 3,500 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. The Blackberry Key2 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo loaded in. BlackBerry KEY2 is priced at ^649 and will be available for $649 in United States, €649 in Europe, £579 in UK and $829 in Canada. It is paired with 6GB of RAM and comes with either 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage.