BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition unboxing & hands-on: Red is the accent


Unless it’s something that hasn’t been seen or done before, new paint jobs aren’t the most exciting things in the world of smartphones. The vast majority of top-tiered smartphones are usually graced with a palatable selection of colors to choose from the onset, but for mid-range devices, it’d be astonishing if they’re available in anything else besides black. Well folks, the nearly year-old BlackBerry KEY2 was recently announced to be graced in a new color, which is surprising because for a business minded device, the decision to go with a red edition gives the phone a flashier look.

Even though the packaging doesn’t deviate from the previous offering, the only thing worth noting with it this time is the pair of red colored headphones that comes with it. As for the phone itself, there’s no denying that the red color is much appreciated given that BlackBerry smartphones have largely targeted business and enterprise users. The red color, in particular, gives off that metallic look when it’s inspected closely, but it looks like it’s more of the accent color than the main one. That’s because the rear of the KEY2 still features the same rubbery textured cover in black. Naturally, it would benefit greatly if it were red as well, but that’s not the case.

Beyond the aesthetics, this is the same KEY2 we saw last year – and the specs are evident of that! From its Snapdragon 660 chipset, to the same 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 IPS display, and the 12MP dual-camera setup it’s rocking on the back, there’s nothing different with this KEY2. Even the interface doesn’t get treated to any sort of red themed wallpaper! Then again, it’s not all that often that we get smartphones with physical keyboards – with this one offering one of the best out there!

However, the most puzzling thing about the Red Edition is the company’s decision to price it higher than the previous offerings. It’s baffling because the Red Edition of the KEY2 commands an additional $50 premium, tallying up at $700. Needless to say, it’s somewhat intruding on flagship territory at this price, but that’s what you’ll need to pay for this striking looking KEY2. Yes, you could go with the other, mundane colors, but you’re bound to raise a few eyes using the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition in public!

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KEY2
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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26 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

$700 is too steep of a price for a midrange phone in a shiny coat of paint. I don't really understand why blackberry priced it so high.

3. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

Just like death and taxes...

5. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well technically you can avoid taxes, so...

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can also avoid buying this smartphone if you choose to venom, sooooo.....

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yeah but no way he ever chooses to avoid trolling a BlackBerry article. The tides are not as predictable.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly.

17. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You do know that I actually liked the KeyONE, right, and that I thought it was fairly underrated even though it had a few faults?

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Post the link proving that you’ve said this in the past, as opposed to making it up now because you’re being called out again for constantly trolling BlackBerry smartphones.

10. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The author apparently shares the same opinion as I do if you actually read the article, so...

9. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You can also avoid reading my comments if you choose to geek, soooo.....

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can avoid reading BlackBerry articles since you clearly don’t like their smartphones, the company, or any company associated with them mxy, soooooo........

16. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

When did I ever say or imply that I didn't like their phones? Go on and show me the post and article where I did. You can avoid going after my comments if you are that bothered by them jp, soooo.....

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

You have bashed their phones and the company on numerous BlackBerry articles in the past. Don’t act like you never have. People don’t constantly bash what they like. There are people here literally calling you out for your constant trolling of BlackBerry.

22. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Don't try to change the terms to suit your false narrative. When did I ever say or imply that I didn't like their phones?

2. tacarat

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

They really need to offer dual sim. Business folks would appreciate it, I'm sure.

12. xBURK

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 20, 2013

The BlackBerry KEY2 red edition is dual sim. This article omits some other upgrades also.

4. brady5371

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

I agree that’s $699.00 is a bit steep. However, the author of this article could have at least mentioned that the red edition has double the memory.

11. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I honestly didn't know that, but I don't think that it would have justified the price.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed, brady5371. This article neglects to mention the other upgrades of the red KEY² as well. Luckily, some of us read elsewhere as opposed to sticking to one source so that we can get a full scope of knowledge of things.

15. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree that the article should have mentioned something about the upgraded memory in the phone, but it still doesn't justify the steep price of the device that some people are overlooking. Luckily for some of us, we didn't overlook the point of the article.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Funny how you say people are overlooking the steep price of this smartphone, but you’ve yet to say anything about the steep price of smartphones that you favor like the current Pixels? Those specs don’t command such a high price for the current Pixels, so what are you paying extra for, a good camera? You think that’s worth it?

23. Venom

Posts: 2999; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol, you are definitely lying now. When did I ever say I was ok with the price of the Pixel 3 phones? Now you are just making s*** up to suit your false narrative. It's not like I never said anything about the 7.1 being a perfect phone to fill a niche once filled by the Nexus and Motorola phones.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao when you questioned me about how is the price of the Pixel A too much, and stated that it wasn’t. Those are the most current Pixel smartphones about to be released. They exist, so spare me the “they haven’t been released yet” spiel. Don’t try and change the facts to suit your bullsht false narrative, either. And you also said that “when is Nokia going to release anything else over in the U.S. besides foodstamp phones”. You didn’t say “besides the Nokia 7.1” in that statement, so you essentially called it a foodstamp Phone as well, which is why that other PA user domfonsur called you out on it.

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