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Monday, July 23, 2018

BlackBerry Key2 Specs and Price


Surging further in its quest to regain its ground in the smartphone market, a follow-up release have been made to the BlackBerry KeyOne. BlackBerry smartphones are now made by TCL which is responsible for making Alcatel phones too in a similar way HMD makes Nokia phones. The BlackBerry Key2 now has an improved qwerty keyboard which is also now capacitive and a revised build but nothing drastic. Also, the phone now features an improved spec sheet which includes a dual rear camera and hardware to name a few.

BlackBerry Key2 Key Specs and Features

  • 4.5-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 1620 pixels (432 ppi)
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Octa-core Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 CPU and 6GB RAM
  • Qwerty capacitive keyboard
  • 64GB/128GB built-in storage, up to 256GB with a memory card
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint scanner (front)
  • 3, 500mAh non-removable battery
BlackBerry Key2

Build and Design

The BlackBerry Key2 keeps the physical buttons which is something you don’t see on smartphones nowadays. A lot of work has been put into the qwerty keypads which you can see in how functional it has become. You can now swipe on the keyboard to navigate in apps plus there is a better spatial arrangement with backlight. A new key has been added at the bottom-right part called the speedy key which serves as a shortcut by pressing it together down and tapping any other letter (must have been preset).

The space bar also doubles as a fingerprint reader just in case you were looking for designated round space. There is a matte finish at the rear which by the way has a pleasant feel to it. There is a USB Type-C port at the bottom in between the speaker grille while the sim port is at the left side and the right side house the volume rocker, power button and another button called the convenience key. The convenience key has a unique surface to differentiate it from the power button and can be configured to launch any action of choice.

Display

At 4.5-inch, the screen is a bit small and if you like watching movies a lot you might not like this phone too much. On the other hand, the smartphone’s screen is only good in portrait mode and certainly not good for gaming because of the lack of equilibrium in landscape orientation. The display is good enough with a resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels with a fair brightness too and can be seen outdoors

Battery and Camera

Unlike the old history of poor battery life in BlackBerry phones, the BlackBerry Key2 has a good battery life although it is most certainly not going to win any award. The smartphone is powered by a 3, 500mAh battery with fast charge also supported. It doesn’t have wireless charging, not like you are going to miss it that much with the/Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 on board.
BlackBerry joins in the dual camera wagon with the BlackBerry Key2 having the feature on the rear side. Camera performance has to be stellar at this price point and what the smartphone delivers is not particularly impressive. It shoots with a combo of two 12MP cameras, one having a f/1.8 aperture while the other has f/2.6. In the area of selfies, you have a single 8MP camera in charge and it has a quite underwhelming performance.

Hardware and Software

The smartphone has the same set of chipset as the Nokia 7 Plus and it had a good track record performance-wise. Talking about the processor, there is the Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 with eight cores accompanied by an Adreno 512 GPU. This performs well enough working hand in hand with 6GB RAM and a 64GB or 128GB storage space from the box. A heavy modification has been made by BlackBerry to the Android 8.1 Oreo for more security and some handy shortcuts.

BlackBerry Key2 Pricing and Availability

The smartphone is available for sale in different online stores and retail hubs around for 235, 000 Naira depending on the location and deal.

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