Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

BlackBerry Key2 Still Doesn’t Care about You Instagram Junkies

BlackBerry Key2 Still Doesn’t Care about You Instagram Junkies

Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President at BlackBerry Mobile calls this "a distinct smartphone that captures all the traits that have made BlackBerry smartphones iconic", no doubt referring to the BlackBerry KEY2's new touch-enabled, 35 key backlit version of BlackBerry's unique physical keyboard.

The KEY2 has dual 12MP rear cameras, better image stabilization and faster autofocus. To try and tempt you in, BlackBerry has added a new "Speed" shortcut key for quickly launching apps and other phone features. "We design them for security from the inside out and we're proud to partner with TCL Communication on the launch of their all-new BlackBerry KEY2", said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. It also features an 8-megapixel front camera with fixed focus, selfie flash using LCD. It packs a 3360mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.

BlackBerry Key2 is official, and this device continues to feature its USP of a physical keyboard, which makes the the phones stand-out from other Android devices in market. Android 8.1 Oreo serves as the software on board which comes with all of BlackBerry's productivity apps including Hub, Calendar, Tasks, DTEK, Launcher, Notes, and more. But there is a missed-logic here as the more display space is only needed if the device is primarily focused on the touch-based interface, and this is where BlackBerry Mobile has been smart as its interpretation of Android is not exclusively touch-based. Rather than the chunky, rounded frame of the KeyOne, the Key2 has a slimmer, more square appearance that gives it a much classier aesthetic. The new smartphone is priced at US$ 649 (Rs 43700 approx.) for the base model and goes on sale globally in markets like the USA later this month. BlackBerry lets you make the best of the storage situation with an expandable storage of up to 2TB through a microSD card. 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. There is also a dual-tone LED flash, HDR shooting and 4K video recording at 30fps.

Finally, talking about the pricing, the Blackberry Key2 is available in two color options - Full Black and one with Silver Accent.

If want know everything about the BlackBerry KEY2, don't forget to tune in tomorrow at 10 am EDT. Which, in itself is a selling point worth noting, and an additional reason to embrace the BlackBerry brand once again. The fingerprint sensor is still found on the space bar, by the way.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will begin shipping globally this month with the suggested retail price starting at £579 / €649.

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