The BlackBerry KEYONE was a very well received smartphone in 2017. True, it was not one of the most powerful devices, but it made up for it with a physical keyboard, good software and autonomy functionality. Now the BlackBerry KEY2 has finally been made official and represents a major improvement over the predecessor. In the next few lines we tell you everything.
A physical keyboard that looks even better
The physical keyboard is one of the most iconic aspects of the BlackBerry and KEY2 has not left out. In addition to integrating, it still improved. At the beginning, the keys are 20% larger, which should make writing easier.
However, the biggest highlight on the keyboard is the new Speed Key. In practice, it is a dedicated key on the bottom right of the keyboard that allows you to quickly access any application, regardless of the activity you are performing. So just hold this key down and tap any of your predefined shortcuts to instantly open any application.
An optimized design
KEY2 is very similar to KEYone, but it’s even better. This way, the Glass Gorilla Glass 3 in front goes to the top of the smartphone, in a much more elegant way.
This equipment uses aluminium of series 7 in all the design and has straight edges instead of curves. In practice this contributes to giving the KEY2 seems more modern in my opinion.
Dual camera setup
The KEY2 is BlackBerry’s first dual-camera smartphone. So you can find two 12MP sensors – one f / 1.8 aperture and one f / 2.6 aperture. The second lens supports 2x optical zoom, and the combination of the two sensors allows you to capture images in bokeh mode.
At the front is a single 8 MP sensor and f / 2.0 aperture.
The KEYone camera was good, but it never came close to what Google Pixel or the Galaxy S8 had to offer. It will be interesting if these new cameras help the BlackBerry become better and better.
The BlackBerry maintained the same autonomy as the first version and improved the performance of this device. The KEY2 features a Qualcomm 660 Snapdragon processor that joins 6 GB of RAM – twice as much as KEYone had at launch. The basic model comes with 64 GB of storage, while other markets outside the US will receive variants with capacities up to 128 GB.
Like KEYone, the KEY2 has a 4.5-inch LCD screen with a 3: 2 aspect ratio and Full HD resolution. To this is added the handset, two speakers, a USB type-C port and a 3.500mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
However, the new Power Center application in KEY2 provides detailed information about which applications are draining the battery.
The BlackBerry has always focused on privacy and user safety. The new equipment is no exception. The new BlackBerry KEY2 lock feature keeps your confidential information hidden from other users. This way, you can only access this area of your smartphone with a fingerprint, PIN, or password.
Price and availability
You will be able to get your hands on the BlackBerry KEY2 in late June in the US, Canada, Germany, UK, France and China. The global launch is expected to take place in July. The 64GB variant should cost 649 Euros.