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Blackberry is rumored to launch the successor to last year’s KEYone in mid-2018. We already saw several leaks about the company’s upcoming smartphone. It is leaked with the codename Athena and sports the four-row keyboard beneath the display. Recently, the device is also got certified by TENAA with the model number BBF100. Just like the KEYone, the upcoming QWERTY smartphone will also be manufactured by the Chinese-based TCL.
BlackBerry KEY2 with Dual Cameras Listed on TENAA
(April 30th, 2018)
The successor to the BlackBerry KEYone will be called as BlackBerry KEY2. While the KEY2 design looks similar to KEYone, the company made few changes. While the power button, volume rocker, and convenience key are placed on the right edge, the SIM card slot sits alone on the left edge. On the KEYone, the convenience key is placed on the left edge. To differentiate the power key, the convenience key now comes with the textured pattern.
As seen on the BlackBerry KEYone, the upcoming BlackBerry KEY2 also comes with the same 4.5-inch Full HD (1620 x 1080 pixels) display and 4:3 aspect ratio. The space button on the fourth row will come with an integrated fingerprint sensor. On the rear, we can spot the dual rear cameras along with dual tone LED flash. The BlackBerry KEY2 is backed by a 3,360mAh non-removable battery. The device should be running on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
It measures 151.4 × 71.8 × 8.5 mm and weighs 168 grams. The BlackBerry KEY2 comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can further expandable using a MicroSD card slot. Talking about the cameras, there are 12MP dual rear cameras and an 8MP single front camera. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB Type-C port.
BlackBerry KEY2 Confirmed to Launch on June 7th
(May 12th, 2018)
Last month, the successor to the Blackberry KEYone is listed on TENAA with the model number BBF100. As leaked earlier, the company will be naming this upcoming device as Blackberry KEY2. It is now officially confirmed to launch June 7th in NewYork. While the TCL will be launching the KEY2 globally, the Optiemus Infracom might release the KEY2 in the subcontinent including India.
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The 3:2 display and 4-row QWERTY keyboard will be remaining same on both the KEYone and KEY2 smartphones. As seen in the TENAA listing, the KEY2 will be coming internal upgrades and design changes on the rear. The Blackberry KEY2 will be the first smartphone from the brand to sport dual rear cameras. Under the hood, the device will mostly come powered by the Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform.
While the US pricing will be revealed on the launch day, we have to wait for a few more weeks to know the Indian pricing of the Blackberry KEY2.
BlackBerry KEY2 China Launch Scheduled for June 8th
(June 2nd, 2018)
BlackBerry will be unveiling the successor to last year’s BlackBerry KEYone on June 7th in New York. Today, the company also confirmed the China launch event of its latest QWERTY smartphone to be held on June 8th in Beijing, China. The all-new Blackberry KEY2 will be manufactured and sold by China-based smartphone manufacturer TCL. While the BlackBerry KEYone was made available in India, we are yet to hear anything about the KEY2 launch.
We already got the first look with the TENAA listing of the device. It got certified by TENAA with the model number BBF100 and full specifications of the device are revealed. It might come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor which features custom Kryo CPU. While there is a four-row QWERTY keypad beneath the display, the company has been teasing about the inclusion of a new button.
Blackberry KEY2 QWERTY Smartphone is Now Official
(June 8th, 2018)
BlackBerry has officially unveiled its latest QWERTY smartphone called BlackBerry KEY2. The KEY2 is the successor to the last year’s BlackBerry KEYone. While it comes with same four-row QWERTY keypad, the new KEY2 offers bigger keys and also sports a new Speed key for launching the apps faster by pressing the assigned key. The backlit keypad also supports capacitive touch for navigating through the UI.
The company has made few changes to offer a better experience. As seen on its predecessor, the fingerprint sensor on the KEY2 also comes integrated right into the space bar. The dual cameras on the rear is certainly a decent upgrade. Talking about the specifications, the BlackBerry KEY2 comes with a 4.5-inch display with Full HD (1620 x 1080 pixels) resolution, 3:2 display, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform coupled with Kryo 260 CPU and Adreno 512 GPU. The device offers 6GB of RAM and comes 64GB and 128GB storage options. On the rear, the device sports dual cameras featuring 12MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 1.14µm pixel size, and 79.3-degree wide-angle view, and a 12MP secondary sensor with f/2.6 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, and 50-degree FoV.
On the front is an 8MP camera for selfies and video calls. It is backed by a 3,360mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. The BlackBerry KEY2 comes with a hybrid SIM and you have to choose the secondary SIM and MicroSD card. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC, FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C port.
It measures 151.4 × 71.8 × 8.5 mm and weighs 168 grams. The BlackBerry KEY2 comes in Black and Silver color options. In the US, the device will be retailing starting from $649 (approx Rs 44,000). We can also expect the device to soon launch in the Indian market.
Last month, Blackberry has officially unveiled the Blackberry KEY2 QWERTY smartphone at an event held in New York. In the US, the device is priced at $649 for the base variant. Today, the company has officially launched the KEY2 smartphone in India and it comes with a whopping price tag of Rs 42,990. At that price, you have the option to choose a flagship smartphone with top-notch specifications.
In India, the device will be available only in Black color options. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is a Jio cashback offer along with 5% cashback offer from ICICI bank. The device will be exclusively sold via Amazon India starting from July 31st. The company is also rumored to soon launch full touch screen smartphone in India. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!