Blackberry Key2 is here and it looks way better than its predecessor

Over the past year, we’ve stated this many times before we loved the previous Blackberry workhorse, the KeyOne. This year the company has looked upon the uniquely designed KeyOne and brings about its successor the Key2. 

Blackberry Key2 – Specifications

Chipset Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
GPU Adreno 512
Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB
Internal 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Size 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm 
Weight 168 g
Build Aluminum frame (7000 series) with a plastic back
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Keyboard Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard
Size 4.5″ IPS LCD 1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~434 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.3″, 1.55µm, DP PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.6, 1.0µm, PDAF), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Secondary 8 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), 1080p
3.5mm jack Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, EDR
USB 3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Security Fingerprint 

 

Blackberry Key2 – Whats new? 

Body

The Blackberry Key2 gets a slightly redesigned body where while the general outlook of the body remains the same. The body is not slimmer but edged. The back gets replaced with plastic compared to last year’s rubber feel. 

Keyboard

The keyboard on the Blackberry Key2 sees a lot of small changes. Firstly, the keys are now 20% larger than last year. Secondly, they are now matte finish. Thirdly, there is the addition of the new ‘Speed Key’ for faster access to apps. Lastly, the keyboard still acts as a trackpad and has the fingerprint reader is embedded in the space key. 

Camera

Keeping up with 2018, the Blackberry Key2 comes with a dual 12MP (f/1.8 & f.2.6) setup on the back. The camera comes with phase, detection, a dual LED flash, records video in 4K at 30fps and comes with portrait mode. The front camera is an 8MP camera. 

Blackberry Key2 – Price and availability 

The Blackberry Key2 will be available for Dh2399 and should be on sale this month onwards.