Smartphone Makers Can Learn A Lot From BlackBerry Mobile

  • Smartphone Makers Can Learn A Lot From BlackBerry Mobile

Smartphone Makers Can Learn A Lot From BlackBerry Mobile

We are only days away from the official unveiling of the new Blackberry Key2 and it looks like Blackberry could not hold off the leaks for a few days as a few images was released online claiming to be of the upcoming BlackBerry Key2. BlackBerry Mobile also improved the keyboard, making the keys 20% larger. A new key called the Speed Key has been added to the BlackBerry Key2 which can help you navigate to any app on the phone faster. BlackBerry KEY2 is priced at ^649 and will be available for $649 in U.S., €649 in Europe, £579 in United Kingdom and $829 in Canada. The display is protected by the Gorilla Glass 3.

The BlackBerry phone comes in two color options - Silver and Black with an identically textured back.

Camera wise, it sports a 12MP primary rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, 1.14µm pixel size, 79.3-degree wide-angle lens, and Dual PDAF alongside a 12MP secondary rear camera with f/2.6 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, and 50-degree lens. This dual camera system offers the usual portrait-depth mode, as well as the ability to enable two-times optical zoom without losing detail. The selfie camera is an 8MP sensor with display flash.

On the inside, the KEY² still packs in a mid-range chipset and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked in at 2.2GHz with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage.

Blackberry Mobile has just announced the new icon reborn with the Blackberry KEY2 at the launch event in NY today.

The new BlackBerry Key2 is lighter as well as slimmer as compared to the previous BlackBerry KeyOne and features a 4.5 inches display like that of its predecessor.

The rear camera can shoot 4K videos at 30fps while the front camera can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps.

As with TCL's KeyOne, the Key2's physical keyboard features a fingerprint sensor in the spacebar. There's also a new Speed Key which lets you access any actions you've assigned to one of the 52 available keys from anywhere on the phone.

TCL and BlackBerry executive Alain Lejeune said the Key2 offered something different to the all-screen smartphones now dominating the market. Although it looks nearly exactly like the keyboard from the KEYone at first glance, the keyboard on the KEY2 actually has some minor changes. BlackBerry Key2 will include a microSD card slot as well, supporting microSD cards up to 256GB in capacity. The price is $649, and the phone will go on sale globally this month.

There's no word on KEY2's arrival in India, but when it does, the handset could be priced at around Rs 39,999, which was the launch price of KEYone.