The BlackBerry KEY2 was teased by the company a month ago and was also leaked by TENAA and now they have officially launched the device today in NYC.
Here is what’s new in the BlackBerry KEY2 :
A Better Keyboard
The unique look of the KEYone was perhaps because of a physical QWERTY keyboard and the same legacy continues with the KEY2. Only this time, the keyboard is much better than its predecessor.
The keys are 20 percent larger, which should make typing much easier. It offers a more tactile typing experience thanks to its matte finish, too.
There’s a new key called the Speed Key’ which let’s you jump quickly to any app you would like to. To use it, all you need to do is to hold down the Speed Key, tap any one of your preset shortcuts, and you’ll instantly open that app. That should really come in handy.
A Refined Design
Even though the KEY2 looks similar to the KEYone, the folks at BlackBerry refined the overall look at it looks better. The Gorilla Glass 3 panel on the front goes all the way up to the top of the phone, instead of cutting off at the screen. It’s a much sleeker look.
The phone now uses series 7 aluminum throughout the entire design, and features more straight edges instead of curves. It makes it look more modern.
Dual Cameras, for the First Time
Yes. This is the first BlackBerry Phone to feature a dual camera setup. The phone sports two rear-facing 12MP sensors — one with an f/1.8 aperture and 1.28μm pixels and the other with an f/2.6 aperture and 1μm pixels. The second lens supports 2x optical zoom, and the combination of the two sensors allows for bokeh/portrait mode shots. Neither of them has optical image stabilization. But they do have EIS on board.
Powerful Midrange Specs
The KEY2 is powered by a Snapdragon 660, coupled with 6 GBs of RAM and 64/128 GBs of Storage. The device has a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a Full HD resolution. It also has a headphone jack, dual speakers, a USB Type-C port, and a 3,500mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. And it’s 12 Grams lighter than the KEYone.
BlackBerry KEY2 Keeps your Privacy Protected
BlackBerry always focused upon privacy and security in its smartphones so it is no wonder that we’re seeing a lot of improvements regarding security on this phone too.
The KEY2’s new Private Locker feature will keep your sensitive information hidden from others. You can only access this section of the phone with a fingerprint, PIN, or password. Photos, files, videos, and even applications can be added to the Private Locker, and adding things to the Private Locker gives you the option to hide them from the “main” section of your phone. Nothing is backed up to the cloud either, so everything is stored locally on your smartphone.
Sales to Start from June end
You can buy the BlackBerry KEY2 at the end of June in the U.S., Canada, Germany, the U.K., France, and China. A wider global rollout is expected some time in July.
The KEY2 will cost $100 more than the KEYone. That means it’ll come to market for $649, 579 pounds, and 649 euros for the 64GB variant. We don’t have pricing details for the 128GB model yet.
It’s weird that it’s $100 more than the OnePlus 6 even though both the phones cater to a different set of users.
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