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Thursday, June 07, 2018
BlackBerry Launches KEY2 With Dual Cameras and Great Keyboard


BlackBerry Mobile -- the division of TCL Communication that manufactures and markets BlackBerry-branded smartphones -- has released the successor of last year's KEYone, the KEY2.

In this new device, the QWERTY keyboard gets a revamp, there are dual cameras at the back for the first time, while privacy and security features are enhanced.

The KEY2 featuers a thin aluminium chassis (8.5mm) and weighs in 168g. Control keys are all on the right side -- volume rocker, textured power button and convenience key; combined with a new soft-touch diamond-pattern back and a Gorilla Glass-protected 4.5-inch touch-screen, the KEY2 looks as modern as any smartphone with a keyboard can. As well as traditional black, the new BlackBerry handset is available in silver.

The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chipset, with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. It also offers storage expansion via MicroSD card and has a 3.5mm audio jack. In addition, microphone placement has been optimised, with active noise cancelling for better call quality, and HD audio support for enhanced speakerphone playback.

The KEY2 also packs a 3,500mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 support. BlackBerry is also introducing a Smart Battery Experience that learns from your usage pattern and notifies you when it thinks you'll need a recharge to get through your upcoming schedule.


BlackBerry KEYone BlackBerry KEY2
Dimensions 149.3mm x 72.5mm x 9.4 mm 151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm
Weight 180g 168g
Display 4.5-inch IPS LCD, 1620 x 1080, 3:2 aspect ratio, 433ppi 4.5-inch IPS LCD, 1620 x 1080, 3:2 aspect ratio, 433ppi
Keyboard touch-enabled 35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard with

integrated fingerprint sensor

touch-enabled 35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard with integrated fingerprint sensor
Operating system Android 7.1 (Nougat) Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 512
RAM 3GB/4GB 6GB
Internal storage 32GB/64GB 64GB/128GB
MicroSD card yes yes
Rear camera(s) 12MP f/2.0 12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.6
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Sensors GPS/A-GPS, fingerprint (spacebar), accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light GPS/A-GPS, fingerprint (spacebar), accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light
Connectivity
- wireless
GSM, HSPA, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, FM radio GSM, HSPA, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, FM radio
Connectivity
- wired
USB-C, 3.5mm audio USB-C, 3.5mm audio
Battery 3,505mAh with QuickCharge 3.0 3,500mAh with QuickCharge 3.0
Price (USD) $549 $649

The KEY2 is the first BlackBerry smartphone with dual rear cameras -- 12MP sensors with f/1.8 (wide angle) and f/2.6 (telephoto) lenses. There are improvements to auto white balance, auto focus and image stabilisation, plus support for the now-obligatory portrait mode. The new Optical Superzoom feature translates to support for 2x optical and 4x digital zoom. The front camera is an 8MP unit, as on the KEYone.

The keyboard has received a number of improvements, including 20 percent more key height, a more comfortable matte finish and enhanced fret design for better key spacing. The new Speed Key lets you invoke customisable shortcuts from within any app, rather than having to return to the home screen. As before, the keypad works as a trackpad, supports flick typing with predictive text, and embeds a fingerprint reader in the spacebar.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will begin shipping worldwide in June, with prices starting at $649 in the US, 579 in the UK, €649 in Europe, and $829 in Canada.



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