BlackBerry has finally Launched its next-generation Android Smartphone BlackBerry KEY2 in New York, which is the successor to the KeyOne that was launched in last year. The main highlights of the KEY2 are its QWERTY Physical Keyboard and Speedy Key that helps increase productivity and save time. Let’s check out the features and specifications.
BlackBerry KEY2: Design and Display
Like BlackBerry KeyOne, the KEY2 also features with a 4.5″-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) display with 3:2 aspect ratio.Under the display,it has a 4-row QWERTY physical backlit keyboard with keys that respond to touch gestures, support for flick typing, up to 52 customizable shortcuts . It comes with a diamond patterned textured back panel embedded on to a Series 7 aluminum alloy frame.
The Key2 also has fingerprint sensor that is built into the spacebar (just like the KEYone), but the keys are 20% bigger and it now features a matte finish. There is a new dedicated key called ‘Speed key’ that lets you launch apps by pressing the key and the letter assigned to the app.
BlackBerry KEY2: Processor and Storage
It is powered by Octa Core Snapdragon 660 processor with Adreno 512 GPU. The phone comes in 6GB RAM and two storage variants 64GB (or) 128GB Internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
BlackBerry KEY2: Camera and Connectivity
The KEY2 sports a dual camera setup on the back with 12 megapixels primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 79.3° wide-angle lens and Dual PDAF along with 12 megapixels secondary camera with f/2.6 aperture that complements to faster auto-focus and captures amazing portraits in portrait mode. Up front, there is an 8 megapixels front-facing camera. It supports Slo-Mo, Panorama, and shoots 1080p videos at 30fps (frames per second).
The KEY2 comes with all default connectivity options.It has Hybrid SIM with dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, USB 3.0 Type-C. It packs a 3360mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging that can last up to complete two-day usage.
BlackBerry KEY2: Specifications
|Display||4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) 3:2 display with 433 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection|
|Processor||Octa Core (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) Snapdragon 660 14nm Processor with Adreno 512 GPU|
|Memory||6GB RAM and 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Network & Connectivity||Hybrid SIM (nano + nano / microSD) with dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, USB 3.0 Type-C,3.5mm audio jack, Dual microphones.|
|Battery||3360mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging|
|Dimensions||151.4×71.8×8.5mm; Weight: 168g|
|More Features||Fingerprint sensor in the space bar, Speed Key,4-row Physical QWERTY backlit keyboard|
BlackBerry KEY2: Pricing and Availability
The BlackBerry KEY2 comes in Black and Silver colors and the price starts at
- $649 (Rs. 43,520 approx.) in the U.S.
- €649 (US$ 763 / Rs. 51,200 approx.) in Europe,
- £579 (US$ 777 / Rs. 52,122 approx.) in UK and
- $829 (US$ 640 / Rs. 42,920 approx.) in Canada.
It will now available to pre-order and starts shipping globally this month.
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