Introducing BlackBerry KEY2 - An Icon Reborn

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But the unique feature is the Speed Key, situated in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard. It includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, and Quick Charge 3.0 to charge the 3,500mAh battery. BlackBerry promises monthly security updates as well as at least one major OS update. Apple's iPhone wasn't the first smartphone to forgo a physical keyboard entirely, but it is responsible for popularizing it.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale later this month, priced at $649 unlocked and SIM-free.

The single 12MP rear camera on the KEYone was fine.

It starts with the design.

All that said, we're not expecting many surprises, as the BlackBerry Key2 has been heavily leaked, so we have a good idea of what it's likely to look like and of all the specs. As well as in the USA, it'll ship globally, priced from €649 Euro, £579 GBP, and $829 CAD. Just like the KEYone, the BlackBerry KEY² has its fingerprint scanner buried in the space bar. The company has returned with a followup to last year's KeyOne, the $649 KEY2. The BlackBerry Key2 is both slimmer and lighter than the BlackBerry KeyOne, has a larger 4.5-inch display that's almost edge-to-edge, and has a larger physical keyboard.

There was once a time where most smartphones had hardware keyboards.

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All the improvements haven't been saved for the exterior, either.

One of the main reasons the KEYone stood out so much was thanks to its productivity-focused design.

But the biggest upgrade appears to have been reserved for memory. Both the variants will feature 6GB of RAM. "So now you can easily see and manage how your downloaded apps access your personal mobile data such as your location, access to your camera, microphone and more, with active controls over your mobile privacy and safety". BlackBerry is touting improved low-light performance as well as better electronic-image stabilization this time around. Two versions of the KEY2 will be available: silver with 64GB storage and black with 128GB storage. There's also a new button called the Speed Key, which acts as a shortcut button to quickly switch between apps.

There's a new BlackBerry smartphone, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand. That's a bit steep, considering the KeyOne launched for $100 less.

The device is powered by a Snapdragon 660 64bit SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Some customers will surely be put off by the price hike, but then again, the Key2 is the only option for physical keyboard devotees.

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