BlackBerry KEY2 unboxing


With pre-orders available right now and shipments expected to launch later this month, it's go time for the BlackBerry KEY2. Now, before it's put through our proper testing routine, it's worth doing an unboxing for this QWERTY keyboard packing Android smartphone! BlackBerry smartphones in general are few and far between, nowhere in the same release cycle as they were in the past, but with only a handful of releases each year, each one definitely stands out.

Packaging wise, we feel as though it's your typical fanfare. However, we do like the matte etching of the BlackBerry logo throughout the box. On the front, we're presented with the image of the handset in question – while on the back, there's a rundown of its specs. Our particular model here is the one accompanied with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For those requiring more storage, there's a 128GB option as well!

Removing the outside sleeve and prying off the front portion of the packaging, we're instantly presented with the BlackBerry KEY2. You'll find the following items below included with the unit.


The setup process doesn't deviate from the usual Android process, which all can be done in a short amount of time. In addition to setting it up with our Google account, there are options to transfer content from another device to the KEY2, as well as configuring its security – like registering our fingerprint to unlock the smartphone. Once all of that is completed, we find ourselves in the typical Android homescreen.

Considering that the KEY2 fetches for $649 outright, it's going to need to perform flawlessly to prove that it can tangle with the best out there. So far this year, we've seen several compelling flagships that have proven their worth, but the BlackBerry KEY2 is certainly unique in the broad space because it's one of the only devices to be accompanied with a physical keyboard – something that's rarely frequented in smartphones in this day and age.

We'll be putting it through our usual barrage of tests, so you can expect our in-depth review very soon!

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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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45 Comments

1. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Eh, overpriced for having a low end processor. Not a terrible looking phone though I will admit. S9 with Keyboard case walks all over this though in security and speed.

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 691; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

The 660 is a low-end processor? What do you consider the 2xx & 4xx series then?

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

S9 is faster, but definitely doesn’t match it in security. Samsung even went to BlackBerry to beef up theirs KNOX offering. That says volumes right there. And NO keyboard CASE can EVER outdo the physical keyboard on BlackBerry smartphones.

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Snapdragon 660 performance falls somewhere between the 820 and 835 which means it will have good performance. It's GPU isn't as good as the top of the line 800 series but still it performs quite well and should be able to play any games with no problem so it's definitely not low end but in the upper mid range.

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

This phone is playing in it’s league. Neither it is competing with Samsung nor Apple. This phone is like fresh air in the whole polluted glass slab bezelless and notch devices. And talking about security......hahaha BBs are more than Android and iOS devices.

7. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Absolutely no one comes close to Samsung Knox in security, you know it, I know it, everybody knows it.

8. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 691; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

No, you seem to be the only person who doesn't know that what you're saying is not true.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

https://m.crackberry.com/blackberry-makes-samsung-devices-more-secure-bring-new-features-secusuite-samsung-knox#53PvlEx6BhbswMqM.97 “With a motive to ameliorate the security of Android operating system, Samsung had to seek for help of Blackberry.” That ^ was from here:http://www.techentice.com/samsung-improve-knox-security-blackberry/ As you can see, you’re clearly wrong. You’re the only one here that is ignoring the facts for your own fiction.

10. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup. Once SONY too turned to BB when they had cyberattack on their servers.

11. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yup BlackBerry may not be able to do phones right, but they are unmatched when it comes to security.

14. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

It’s TCL who makes Blackberry phones and not the Blackberry itself. TCL and Blackberry Limited both are different corporations.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely correct. When BlackBerry was in the smartphone hardware business, they made great phones. It’s been over a year since BlackBerry left the smartphone hardware business, but some people still can’t seem to grasp that TCL handles the hardware, marketing, etc, and BlackBerry only handles the software and security.

33. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You're just trying to shift the blame for a problem that you don't want to admit exists.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’re just in denial about the facts about who builds, markets, etc BlackBerry smartphones now.

22. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Technicalities aside, blackberry mobile is technically an entity. But it seems like some people are just so threatened by an opinion from a neutral party.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry Mobile is an “entity” of TCL, not BlackBerry. This is a verifiable fact. But it seems that there are some people who have something against BlackBerry but claim to be neutral that feel threatened by the facts so they choose to ignore them.

32. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Ok, your point is? I'm not threatened by anything. You must be referring to yourself because you just can't stand it when I say something that you just can't stand or just want to say something just because I said it.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, my point is what I said, which are the facts. Something you keep living in denial about. Nah, I’m definitely referring to you. You’re just threatened by the facts because it was me that pointed them out to you.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. When it comes to security, you’d be hard pressed to find a better company at it than BlackBerry. Even Google has gone to BlackBerry concerning the strengthening of its security.

23. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Blackberry does security better, but they had to crawl to Google once they were unable to make waves with BB10. Even still, the Priv, their first Android flagship, wasn't the best device and had multiple issues that plagued it.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry didn’t “crawl” to Google. Google welcomed them with open arms, especially since BlackBerry helped them beef up their own security in Android. And the PRIV, for its issues, didn’t have as many issues as the Pixel line is plagued by.

31. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Don't act like you don't know what I meant because you did. They couldn't keep themselves alive with the BB10 devices they had at the time, so they of, of course had to go to Google for Android. And say what you want about the Pixel with your exaggerations, but at least they don't explode.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! Don’t act like I have to be the one to make sense of the gibberish you post, because I don’t. BlackBerry went to Android and Google welcomed then with open arms. Google also couldn’t cut it with security so they went to BlackBerry for help with that. It’s not exaggeration that the Pixel line suffers from a plethora of issues. You just want to downplay and deflect from that. Also, why are you bringing up Samsung with explosions? We aren’t taking about them, lol.

13. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That S9+ is a nice phone. You can't beat Samsung Pay and stereo sound. I find that to be a more cost friendly package than the KeyTWO just because of the specs.

19. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I can almost guarantee that the performance of this would match the S9 considering this runs an almost vanilla Android experience vs the TouchWiz one on the S9 that is more resource heavy.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. It would at least come close, considering what you said.

24. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree, Dr. Phil. Vanilla Android has a better shelf life than TouchWiz does. The S9 is a beast of a device, but it's still going to suffer from a resource heavy UI. Mad respect for being knowledgeable and respectful instead of being a mean and hateful commenter.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can’t say how much I agree with you, Dr. P. Especially since you never come to any articles and spew venom about the OEM’s featured in them just because someone chooses to them over others.

34. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, that's what you do. Why else would you continue to make snide comments about the Essential phone or the Pixel? Lol, you think I'm hopping on the bandwagon with the Nokia 7 plus even though I have shown a preference for vanilla Android.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

That’s what you’ve been doing since your mxyzptlk account with Motorola, Samsung and Android, and then you moved on to attacking BlackBerry because of me. You’ve even attacked Nokia and have jumped on the bandwagon to justify you attacking them.

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