After its global launch previous month, the new BlackBerry KEY2 has now been launched in India via its official launch partner Optiemus Infracom. The phone will be available in a single color option (Black) and will sport a Series 7 aluminum alloy framework, a soft diamond format textured rear for better grip and a tangible QWERTY keyboard with backlight.
- Over 25 hours mixed usage battery life
- Coded QWERTY keypad below the touchscreen
- First-time dual rear camera setup for BlackBerry handset
BlackBerry KEY2 outline
The KEY2 is BlackBerry’s inaugural smartphone that will carry a dual rear camera setup. The rear camera includes features like portrait mode and optical zoom. The vertically aligned 12MP + 12MP rear sensor camera combo is present along with dual-tone LED flash, dual PDAF feature, HDR and 4K video recording at 30FPS. The primary sensor offers 1.28-micron pixel quality, 79.3 degrees Field of View, and lens aperture of f/1.8, whereas the secondary sensor offers a 50-degree Field of View, 1.0-micron pixel quality, and lens aperture of f/2.6. The 8-megapixel front camera has a fixed focus and supports HD videos recording.
BlackBerry’s signature QWERTY keyboard is once again present in this phone and rests below its 4.5-inch full-HD (1080×1620 pixels) IPS LCD display that’s shielded by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. The screen has 3:2 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 433ppi, with 24-bit color depth. The keys, this time are 20% larger than what KeyOne offered, and hold up to 52 customizable shortcuts and support flick typing.
The fingerprint sensor of BlackBerry KEY2 is present within the spacebar once again. These matte finish keys incorporate shortcuts for launching apps and activate commands. Certain apps are associated with each key. The respective apps get launched when their keys are stuck.
A dedicated ‘Speed’ key is also present on the right corner of the keyboard. This works similar to a function button and can be used for faster switching between apps. Just tap on the speed key and press any letter on the keyboard to launch app mapped to that particular letter. Also, the DTEK by BlackBerry app, this time, includes new Proactive Health check feature as well.
The power and volume buttons are present on the right side of the phone. There are no buttons on the left side of this phone.
BlackBerry KEY2 Features
The phone functions on a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, with four Kryo 260 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and other four clocked at 1.8GHz, and 6GB of RAM. The system runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) OS out-of-the-box with Blackberry’s Security features. A 3500mAh battery unit powers the BlackBerry KEY2. This battery is aided by a Quick Charge 3.0 support, which BlackBerry claims will offer a mixed usage battery life of more than 25 hours.
This smartphone also has provisions to support nano Dual SIM and comes in options of 64GB and 128GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. On the connectivity front, the BlackBerry KEY2 offers 4G LTE (on both SIM cards), Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band 2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, NFC, FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge, and USB Type-C.
List of Sensors onboard include a hall effect sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and proximity sensor.
BlackBerry KEY2 Price in India, Launch Offers
The BlackBerry KEY2 is being sold in India for Rs. 42,990. The phone can be purchased exclusively from Amazon India stores from July 31 onwards.
Rs. 4,450 Reliance Jio cashback offer and ICICI bank cashback offer is also available with every purchase.
BlackBerry KEY2 Specifications:
|Display||4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels), 3:2 display with 433 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||Octa Core Snapdragon 660 with Adreno 512 GPU|
|Internal Storage||64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD|
|Software||Android 8.1 (Oreo)|
|Primary Camera||12MP camera with dual-tone LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, Dual PDAF, 1.14µm pixel size, 79.3-degree Field of View; 12MP secondary rear camera with f/2.6 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, 50-degree Field of View|
|Battery||3500mAh battery unit, Quick Charge 3.0 support|
|Dimensions||151.4×71.8×8.5mm; weighs 168 grams|
|Others||4G LTE (on both SIM cards), Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band 2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, NFC, FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C|