Following its launch in New York, BlackBerry has today launched its flagship smartphone in India. The BlackBerry Key2 takes after its predecessor, the KEYone, and comes with a QWERTY keyboard below the display. But there’s a lot more for the Key2 to offer than just the keyboard. Read on to find out.
BlackBerry has largely stuck to the design language that we saw on the last year’s KEYone. But the new smartphone has shed the extra weight, and with a square-ish appearance looks classier. The smartphone is also built using series-7 aluminum, which makes it lighter than its predecessor.
Like the KEYone, the Key2 also comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard placed below the display. The company says that there was a lot of focus on the typing experience on this keyboard. Not only are the keys 20 percent larger than the ones found on the Keyone, but BlackBerry has also paid close attention to the “clickiness” of the keys with inspiration taken from the BlackBerry Bold 9900. The keyboard also has a fingerprint sensor built into the spacebar, supports a few gestures, and also comes with a customizable shortcut key.
BlackBerry Key 2 pricing and availability
The BlackBerry Key2 has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs 42,990. It will be going on sale via Amazon India, from July 31. Buyers will get five percent cashback if using an ICICI debit or credit card. Additionally, Reliance Jio is also offering cashbacks worth Rs 4,450.
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BlackBerry Key2 specifications, features
The BlackBerry Key2 flaunts a 4.5-inch (1620×1080 pixels) display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. There is also a 3,500mAh battery with support for QuickCharge 3.0 technology. Additionally, there’s a battery feature that monitors how you use the device, and recommends when you should plug it in.
For photography, there’s a dual-camera setup at the back that includes a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. The dual cameras offer portrait mode, as well as 2x lossless zoom. Up front for selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel snapper. On the software front, the smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. There’s also BlackBerry’s usual suite of apps like Hub, Priority Edge, DTEK security app and Calendar.