BlackBerry KEY2 gets US release date, pre-orders start next week

BlackBerry KEY2 gets US release date, pre-orders start next week
The BlackBerry KEY2 was announced exactly two weeks ago today and following the confirmation of its release date in Canada, TCL has finally announced when it will arrive in the United States: July 13. This date means that those interested in the device will have to wait just over three weeks before it begins shipping, but anybody who is certain that the smartphone will be their next daily driver can pre-order the device starting Friday, June 29 at a price of $649.99. 

Despite the fact that this unique device will often be regarded as a mid-range offering due to the Snapdragon 660 that is included inside, the smartphone does offer a number of flagship specifications such as 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, putting it on par with Samsung’s Galaxy S9+. Additionally, just like many flagships available at the moment, the latest BlackBerry offering boasts a dual-camera setup on the rear that is comprised of two 12-megapixel sensors, and this is coupled with an 8-megapixel selfie sensor up front.

On the external side of things, the device represents a much less mainstream design that consists of a small 4.5-inch LCD display and a physical keyboard, which should help improve productivity. Speaking of which, the smartphone also boasts an impressive battery life thanks to the smaller display and the large 3,500mAh battery that is included on the inside.

For those interested in the smartphone, it will be available for pre-order via both Amazon and Best Buy and is compatible with GSM networks. This means AT&T, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS customers can all take advantage of the device. Additionally, it’s worth noting that it will go on sale in both Black and Silver.

source: BlackBerry

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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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48 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not that far away which is good.

2. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

3. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The people who want the Key2 are not the same people who would want a S9.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You tell 'em girl.

6. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

He's not totally wrong though. That's a steep price.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As Libra89 stated so perfectly, those who set out specifically to buy the Key 2 aren't in the market for an S9 or any other slab phone. You will never own a Key 2 or any other BlackBerry so your comments are as useless as tits on a bull.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Why do people keep ignoring this fact? And TOTALLY agree on with your second sentence lol.

24. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Of course you would.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Jealousy is not a good look.

35. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Jealous of what exactly?

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s pretty obvious at this point.

42. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Not of you if that's what you are trying to imply.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

No need for any implication when it’s a fact.

25. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol how do you know what I'm going to own and not own? You actually have said that blackberry needs to step their camera game up if they want to compete with Samsung.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s nowhere near as steep as the S9. So if price is solely what one is going by, the KEY2 wins.

23. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Except the S9 offers far more than what the KeyONE offers. Plus the S9 price will be lower once the next Note is released. The KeyTWO doesn't really win here at all.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

The KEY2 offers things that the S9 doesn’t, like a physical keyboard. You neglecting the fact that the KEY2 serves an entirely different market. You are in denial about the facts. The KEY2 will also experience a price drop like every other smartphone. So the KEY2 does win here if one is solely looking at price, and both that KEY2 and the S9 are a better pick than the bi ridden Pixel and Essential Phone you fancy so much.

38. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not denying that the KeyONE successor is serving up a different market, but it is an android phone and it's going to be compared to other Android phones. Bi ridden? Lol, I'm not even going to ask. There's a reason why I "fancy" those two phones. It's simply because they are great phones.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’ve consistently said that saying that BlackBerry devices serve a different market is a copout answer, so don’t go changing your time now, lol. “Great” phones aren’t as bug ridden as the Pixel and Essential Phone.

43. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not going to do it. It's too easy. Besides, I'm not changing my "time" lol. You're the last person to who should be telling someone not to change their tune. Too bad they aren't bug ridden phones.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

What’s too easy was figuring out who you really are, lol. And you must be looking in the mirror when referring to “last person who should be telling someone not to change their tune”. Except that they are, and there are a plethora of articles about it. But your denial is noted, lol.

29. SMD79

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 22, 2018

Actually, some people ARE looking at both those phones. I'm a current S7 Edge owner of 2 years (S3 and Note 5 before that) and was debating between the two phones. I like my Samsung phone, but sometimes I wish I had 2 day battery life and I like the shortcuts having a physical keyboard gives you. Will I miss the screen space? Yeah, probably...but I'm leaning towards the Key2 at the moment. Price isn't an issue, I just feel like trying something new for a change and not having to think twice about battery even with heavy usage on a daily basis. I figure if I don't like it, I can sell it and get a Pixel 3XL or Note 9 or iPhone X2 or whatever is next. Enough reviewers were surprised by how much they liked the KeyOne that it convinced me that this is worth a try.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

For the most part though, most of those in the market for a KEY2 either aren’t in the market for an all touch smartphone as they are specifically looking for a smartphone with a physical keyboard (and nobody does pkb’s like BlackBerry, or does them at all, for that matter), or want a KEY2 DESPITE other smartphones of the all touch nature. Still, it’s great to see that you are looking at the KEY2 to purchase. Proves that there are people looking at it, despite what those that feel nobody wants one are saying.

32. SMD79

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 22, 2018

Yeah, I never even considered getting another blackberry (although I did love mine several years ago when they were "the best") but I'm honestly tired of charging twice a day. They run Android now which I love (esp. Oreo which I think is the best upgrade I've seen in years as there's lots of new VERY useful features and fixes implemented that I actually noticed for once), and I feel like I wanna try something new. I don't expect most people to want one, but I'm not really loyal to any brand so why not. I have a Samsung watch, an Apple iPad, desktop PC, an Echo and a Google Home and my wife has a Samsung phone but a Macbook Pro and iMac. Each have their strengths. One caveat is...I'm on Verizon so I may not even get the chance to go with the Key2. Guess I'll have to wait and see.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

The KEYᵒⁿᵉ had a variant with Verizon bands, so I’m sure the KEY2 will as well.

34. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Wouldn't be a problem if blackberry just made an unlocked one with all carrier bands.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

It isn’t a problem since they will no doubt have one with the Verizon bands.

39. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You don't know that. Don't think I don't notice you changing your tune.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Never changed my tune on the subject of their being a variant of the KEY2 that will have Verizon bands like the KEYᵒⁿᵉ does. Point out exactly where I did if I ever did. Don’t worry, I’ll wait while you deflect from providing proof that doesn’t exist.

44. Venom

Posts: 3574; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Verizon is a CDMA carrier, or did the fake genius forget that one? Remember how many times you keep going on about GSM being the world standard? You are faker than tabloid news magazines.

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