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First Impressions: BlackBerry Key2

First Impressions: BlackBerry Key2 

The BlackBerry Key2 is an updated version of the BlackBerry Key One. It comes in two colours – Black and Silver and in the 64 GB and 128 GB versions.

The Key2 has a more powerful CPU, the Snapdragon 660 chip over the 625 from the KeyOne, so this phone is going to be faster. Also, the RAM has doubled in size from the 3 GB in the Key One to 6GB in the Key2. The internal storage has also increased to 64 GB.

TCL has updated the design a bit, slimming down the bezels and making the iconic physical keyboard slightly larger. This is a touch-enabled 35 key backlit keyboard with an integrated fingerprint sensor.

The front-facing camera is still 8-megapixel, but the rear camera is a new dual 12-megapixel camera system. The first on a BlackBerry phone.

The 4.5-inch LCD screen remains the same with the 1,620 x 1,080 pixels as well as the 3,500 mAh battery that should last for two days with a full charge.

It still maintains the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and a USB-C port for charging. On the left side is the Micro SD and SIM card tray with expandable memory through a microSD card of up to 256GB.

On the other side are the Volume and Power controls and a Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key that can be used to mute when on a call.

In the box, is your package information with the quick start guide and the SIM tray ejector tool. There is the charger, black earphones with the BlackBerry logo and the charging cable.

The BlackBerry Key 2 runs off Android 8.1. Preorders set to start on June 29th and will be available on July 13th. In the US you can get it for $650 and in Canada for $830.

Overall, the design looks a lot better than the KeyOne, it is also lighter and comes with the textured back to avoid slipping. These are our first impressions of the BlackBerry Key 2. We will be doing another review on the software and performance. So, be sure to keep an eye out for that.


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