Launched officially on July 23, the BlackBerry Key2 goes on sale today in India. The QWERTY keypad smartphone will be available exclusively through Amazon India for a price Rs 42,990. However, buyers with ICICI credit card can get an instant 5 percent discount on purchase of the device. There are also no cost EMI options available from a number of banks. Prime members making the purchase through a Citibank credit card are also eligible for a 10 percent discount.
Being the successor to the KeyONE, the Key2 inherits all its great features, and further builds on them. One of the key highlights of the smartphone is its QWERTY keypad. BlackBerry states that this time around it has paid more attention to the typing experience by making the keys 20 percent larger, and more responsive. Besides that, the keyboard also comes with fingerprint sensor and gesture support. Not just that, the Key2 also looks classier and weighs less compared to its predecessor. The smartphone features a squarish chassis that is built using series-7 aluminum.
BlackBerry Key2 specifications and features
Under the stylish design, the BlackBerry Key2 features a Snapdragon 660 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The storage can be further expanded to 256GB via a microSD card. The smartphone also features a 4.5-inch (1620×1080 pixels) display, which features an aspect ratio of 3:2. It is powered by a 3,500mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
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In terms of photography, there’s a dual-camera setup at the back that comprises of two 12-megapixel sensors working side-by-side. The camera comes with a portrait mode and can offer 2x lossless zoom. There is also an 8-megapixel snapper upfront for taking selfies. On the software side of things, the Key2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. However, BlackBerry has also added its own usual suite of apps like Hub, Priority Edge, DTEK security app and Calendar.