In case you haven’t heard, BlackBerry is very much alive and it has a new Android device, a follow up to the keyboard-equipped KEYone introduced last June. If you love BlackBerry, you have TCL to thank and if you love keyboard (seriously, who doesn’t, right?), you will dig newly announced KEY2. Before we get into he specs, there are a couple of things you need to know. Firstly, BlackBerry is marketing itself as having the proven smartphone security and secondly, it remains faithful to what it was when it first started out, a robust productivity tool.

BlackBerry KEY2 Android Smartphone

In this modern era of smartphone race, everyone is going for eye-watering, huge-ass, edge-to-edge display, but KEY2 is here to try to win the hearts of professionals, but it ain’t going slug it out in the spec department (read: this ain’t no flagship!). It does, however, have a couple neat features, like a touch-sensitive, backlit keyboard, a space bar with integrated fingerprint sensor (cool!), the ability to scroll through pages by swiping the keyboard up and down, a programmable hard button, and insane 2 days battery life – granted by a 3,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. And oh, it is also the first dual camera BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry KEY2 Android Smartphone

The device runs off Android 8.1 Oreo, overlaid with BlackBerry UI and it is powered by Qualcomm SDM 660 chip (Kryo 260 octacore 2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4, 64-bit), backed by 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB flash storage – expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card. As mentioned, it has a dual camera setup around the back – the first for BlackBerry. The dual camera comprises of two 12 MP cameras and the front is a lone 8 MP fixed focus item.

BlackBerry KEY2 is now available for pre-order through Amazon and Best Buy, priced at $649.99. So, physical keyboard lovers, rejoice – if you can live with 4.5-inch display, that is. Keep going for the spec summary after a few more looks and a promo video.

BlackBerry KEY2 Android Smartphone

BlackBerry KEY2 Android Smartphone

OS
Android 8.1 Oreo
Chipset
Qualcomm SDM 660 Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform (Kryo 260 Octacore 2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4, 64-bit)
GPU
Adreno 512
Display
4.5-inch IPS Touch LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio, 1,620 x 1,080 pixels, 433ppi, 24-bit color depth
Memory
6 GB RAM
64 GB Storage, expandable up to 256 GB using microSD card
Network
Model BBF100-1
FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32
(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/700/850/800/850/700/1500)
TD-LTE 38, 39,40, 41 (2600/1900/2300/2500)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
3GPP release version:
-2G: Rel8
-3G: Rel9
-LTE: Rel11

Model BBF100-2
FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30, 66
(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/700/700/800/700/700/WCS/AWS-3)
TD-LTE 38, 39, 40, 41 (2600/1900/2300/2500)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
3GPP release version:
-2G: Rel8
-3G: Rel9
-LTE: Rel11

Model BBF100-6 (Dual SIM version)
FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32
(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/700/850/800/850/700/1500)
TD-LTE 38, 39, 40, 41 (2600/1900/2300/2500)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
3GPP release version:
-2G: Rel8
-3G: Rel9
-LTE: Rel11
-Dual SIM mechanism: DSDS and both SIM can be standby on 4g
Camera
Rear - Main:
Megapixels: 12
FoV: 79.3°
Pixel Size: 1.28 µm
Autofocus: Dual Phase Detect Auto Focus (Dual PDAF)
Aperture: f1.8

Rear - Secondary:
Megapixels: 12
Pixel Size: 1.0 µm
Autofocus: Dual Phase Detect Auto Focus (Dual PDAF)
Aperture: f2.6

Dual Tone LED Flash

HDR, 4K video recording at 30 fps, Scan, Private Capture

Front:
Megapixels: 8
Pixel Size: -
Autofocus: Fixed Focus

Selfie Flash using LCD

1080p video recording at 30 fps
Battery
3,500 mAh

Compatible with USB Power Delivery 2.0 v1.2 & 9V2A 18W QC3.0 Chargers
Connectivity
Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy (LE), NFC, USB 3.0, Type-C, 4G Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Sensors
Fingerprint (space bar), Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Hall Effect
Positioning
Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, OTDOA
Pre-loaded with Google Maps
Audio/Video
Supported audio & video formats:
3GP, 3G2, AAC, AVI, ADTS, AWB, DIVX, FLAC, IMY, MID, MKV, MP3, MPEG-4, MXMF, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WEBM, XMF

Supported audio & video codes:
MPEG-4, AAC+, AAC-LC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, DivX, EVRC, FLAC, H.263, H.264, H265/HEVC, MIDI, MP3, OPUS, PCM, QCELP, VORBIS, VP8, VP9, Xvid, eAAC+

Supported image formats:
BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WEBP
Dimension
151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm, 168g
Colors
Black, Silver
Others
Keyboard:
Touch enabled 35 key backlit Physical Keyboard (QWERTY) with integrated fingerprint sensor

Navigation:
Touch screen, with touch sensitive keyboard

Dedicated Keys:
Volume Up/Down, Power Key (for Power On/Off), Customization BlackBerry Convenience Key (usable as Mute Key when on an active call )

Alerts & Notifications:
Tone, Vibrate, On-screen or RGB LED indicator (some notification options are user configurable)
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Images courtesy of BlackBerry.

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