BlackBerry KEY2 Is Now Official

BlackBerry KEY2 Is Now Official

BlackBerry has unveiled the successor to last year's BlackBerry KEYone smartphone with improvements to the design and hardware. Here's everything you need to know about the BlackBerry Key2, including its design, expected price, features, and more.

A new BlackBerry is always a cause for celebration since the smartphone-maker's reinvention with Android, and the BlackBerry KEY2 is no exception.

The BlackBerry KEY2 is now official. A dual-SIM model will be sold in select regions, like the Middle East, APAC, India, and Indonesia. Optiemus Infracom is the home-grown telecom enterprise, responsible for manufacturing BlackBerry Android handsets in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. BlackBerry stripped away the KeyOne's gaudy metallic accents, frets between the key rows and overly rounded edges for a sharper, more minimalist vibe that really lets the 7000-series aluminum frame stand on its own.

The Convenience Key is now on the right of the phone and comes with new features.

The USP of the KEY2, still remains to be, its full-scale physical QWERTY that lies in continuation with the touch screen. There's also a new button called the Speed Key, which acts as a shortcut button to quickly switch between apps. The fingerprint scanner is still placed on the space bar. Only this time, the keys are up to 20 per cent larger so they should feel less cramped than the ones on-board the KEYone. On the KEYone, you could use them only from the home screen.

The KEY2 retains the same 4.5-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1080 x 1620 pixels resolution.

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The KEY2 is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 CPU and have 6GB of RAM. The phone comes with up t 128GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card slot.

Powering the KEY2 is a 3,500mAh battery which is rated to last up to 2 days on a single charge.

This is also the first BlackBerry handset to include a dual camera.

On the front of the device, there's an 8 megapixel fixed-focus camera, which can record full 1080p video.

According to TCL, the Blackberry KEY2 will be shipping globally starting this month. However, BlackBerry's phones have proved nigh impossible to root, and the Key2 is subject to the same two years of regular security patches and commitment to instant hot fixes as the KeyOne and Motion before it.

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