Blackberry has announced the Blackberry Key2: the successor to last year’s hit, the Blackberry KeyOne. This year’s iteration brings forward everything good about the first phone and refines it in most ways.
Blackberry Key2’s Design
The Blackberry Key2 retains the physical keyboard upfront and looks more or less the same but with an updated keyboard. The keyboard has a matte finish with each of the keys 20% bigger than the last time and more square. TCL has also made the keyboard clickier to emulate the experience on the BlackBerry Bold. The keyboard is touch sensitive which allows for swiping gestures to scroll or for auto completion of words. The Blackberry Key2 adds a new key called the Speed Key which will help you switch apps by pressing and holding this, then one of the shortcut letters allows you to switch instantly into another app without leaving the app you’re in.
The screen is the same 1080p 3:2 IPS LCD carried over from the last generation. This is not the brightest or sharpest display on the market but it guarantees better battery life. On the back, the Key2 is covered in a grippy, diamond pattern, soft touch material throughout and the dual lens system rests on the top right corner.
The SoC in the Key2 is the Snapdragon 660 paired with 6GB of RAM. The device comes in 64 GB and 128 GB storage variants with the ability to upgrade via microSD to 256 GB. The camera is a dual 12 MP shooter. The main sensor has f/1.8 aperture and 1.28um while the secondary sensor stands at f/2.6, 1.28um. This is a zoom lens that also helps with portrait mode shots. The front facing camera is an 8 MP sensor with screen flash built into the software.
BlackBerry Key2 Availability and Pricing
BlackBerry Key2 is priced starting at $649 (~ Rs. 43,800). It is supposed to start shipping globally sometime later this month. Buyers can choose between Black and Grey colours. Considering its predecessor, the BlackBerry KeyOne, was launched in India, it would be safe to assume TCL has included India in their maps.