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The new BlackBerry KEY2 has been revealed

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If you’ve been out of the loop for a while, you may have missed out on seeing that BlackBerry is still alive and kicking after all this time.

 

Their latest device, the BlackBerry KEY2 has now been unveiled, and it shares many things with its predecessor, along with a range of incremental improvements across the board.

 

Here’s a look at everything we know about the BlackBerry KEY2 so far, including performance, appearance, and potential price.

The BlackBerry KEY2 is here - here is what we know

blackberry-key2.jpgsource: http://www.knowyourmobile.com/mobile-phones/25093/blackberry-key2-specs-design-features-price

So, for those unfamiliar, the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEYOne are devices that take what made BlackBerry so special in the first place onto a new platform.

 

Both devices have physical qwerty keypads, a touch screen, and they both run on Android.

 

BlackBerry was wise to choose Android over their own operating system - it’s too hard at this point to compete with the top operating systems in the world. Both BlackBerry and Microsoft have tried before with little success.

 

So, BlackBerry thought that if you can’t beat them, join them. But they still kept some things that were unique to BlackBerry.

 

blackberry-key2-keypad.jpgsource: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/6/7/17413402/blackberry-key2-dual-cameras-look

First is the keypad - it looks and feels just like the original keypad seen on older BlackBerry devices. So, yes, you’re going to need small fingers or precision typing to feel comfortable typing on this beast.

 

The new BlackBerry KEY2 looks similar to the first one, although the design has slowly been updated with a sleeker look and USB C. You also still get a 3.5mm headphone jack on the BlackBerry KEY2 and there is no notch.

BlackBerry KEY 2 Display And Performance

black-berry-key-2.jpgsource: http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/blackberry-key2

 

The display is the biggest downfall for the BlackBerry KEY2. Strangely, BlackBerry hasn’t upgraded the display at all from the original KEYOne. As a result, you’re not getting the best viewing experience.

 

The size is an issue, as well. Because the KEY2 has a physical keyboard, there’s less room for the display. The BlackBerry KEY2 has just 4.5 inches of screen real estate with an awkward 3:2 aspect ratio and 1,620 x 1,080 resolution.

 

It’s clear that the BlackBerry 2 isn’t a media viewing device. Other manufacturers have pushed for larger, more beautiful displays as social media and online content viewing has grown in popularity, whilst BlackBerry has stuck to their roots.

 

This means that whilst the BlackBerry KEY2 might not appeal to a wide audience, it may have carved itself it’s own niche for those that use their smartphone primarily as a messaging device.

 

If you’re a tweet-a-holic or are constantly sending IMs back and forth, you may appreciate what the KEY2 has to offer.

 

When it comes to specifications, you're getting a middle of the road experience.

 

The BlackBerry KEY2 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 and 6GB of RAM. Certainly not anything to complain about with this setup and it'll easily get the job done, but it may not feel quite as sleek as, say, a Google Pixel 2 or Samsung Galaxy S9.

 

key2.jpgsource: https://crackberry.com/our-blackberry-key2-forums-are-now-open

The KEY2 also comes equipped with either 64GB or 128GB storage, with expandable potential via microSD. The device runs on Android 8.1 and it is powered by a 3,500mAh battery.

 

There's no test data yet, but I'm betting the KEY2 will have an impressive battery life. With 3,500mAh to power a tiny 4.5 inch display, it's going to breeze by for far longer than bigger devices.

BlackBerry KEY2 Camera

black-berry-key-2.jpgsource: https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/blackberry/144662-blackberry-key2-review-specs-keyboard-price-release-date

 

The BlackBerry KEY2's biggest update from its predecessor is its camera. Te KEY2 has a dual camera setup. It has a dual 12MP lens that can shoot up to 4K in 30fps.

 

The camera also has electronic image stabilization, which will help to keep image still whilst recording, but won't do as good as a job as hardware-based stabilization.

 

The KEY2 also has an impressive 8MP front facing camera.

 

We don’t have any information on how the camera will perform yet, but we’re guessing it’ll feel like most mid range devices available these days. It won’t compete with the Google Pixel 2 or Huawei P20 Pro, but I’m still expecting reasonably good results from the camera.

Summary And Price

 

Te Blackberry KEY2 will cost £579. Not the cheapest device in the world, but still a step above the high end devices in terms of affordability.

 

What are your thoughts on the BlackBerry KEY2? Will you be picking up this device?

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments
beginner

The new blackberry key 2 camera.... Hummm 500-600 pounds and it still looks like the original. I wouldn't buy it for that price not the have the same experience as always.

 

Don't buy this 📱 phone.

The phone seems old I would not buy one 

newcomer

Thanks Phil!!! I'm super happy how u dealt with my problem!! Made my day! I so annoyed but all is good! Thanks again, u the man 

phenomenon

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

expert

Blackberry stopped making phones a few years back, the name has been licenced by another manufacturer (TCL I think) who now sell under the blackberry name. Having owned several blackberry phones, I always liked them, however this is now too expensive compared to many good android phones with better specifications. 

guide

Think Blackberry have had their day. Over priced for a very average handset (with the exception of maybe battery life?) but not worth the premiun price just for that.

cicerone

It does seem to be costing about £300 for a physical keyboard. I guess there are a few people still need/want that (I did 6-8 years ago) but I'd be surprised if there are enough now to make it profitable.

newcomer

It’s a BlackBerry only people who will buy it is for nostalgic reasons but £579 bit pricey 

phenomenon

As a long time blackberry user its good news a bit heavy on price but sure am interested ,need check to see if will work on giffgaff forums as others won't ,I find qwerty keypad much easier than total touch screens 

Cheers Brian 

virtuoso

@germansheppard234

You should have no issues with it working, the main problem on older BlackBerry devices (Legacy and 10) is chiefly down to compatibility with the ageing BlackBerry browser.

Personally I'm not overly keen on the look of both the KEYOne or KEY2, I bit the bullet back in January and invested in a BlackBerry Motion (full touch screen using Android). For the most part it's a very decent device, though I do miss the keyboard, but it is what it is. Having said that, I do have my Bold 9900 and Q10 in a daily rotation still, both of which are production work horses.‎

Speaking of which; the KEY2 does take it's keyboard inspiration from the one used on the Bold 9900, which is generally considered to be the best keyboard BlackBerry ‎put out (and I can't argue with that having used a plethora of BlackBerry devices over the years).