BlackBerry KEY2 renders reveal refined design, reconfirm mystery button

BlackBerry KEY2 renders reveal refined design, reconfirm mystery button
BlackBerry’s upcoming KEY2 is set to be unveiled in just three days’ time but now, thanks to Evan Blass, a set of new press renders shows off the upcoming smartphone in its entirety, revealing that the new BlackBerry-branded smartphone doesn’t differ too much to last year’s model, with the overall uniqueness of the design remaining intact. Instead, this year’s offering simply refines the design ever so slightly in the hope of providing a more premium look and feel.

Commencing at the front, the glass panel now extends above the 4.5-inch display to the very top of the smartphone, removing the large metal bezel that was present on last year’s model. Additionally, the keyboard that is featured below the display is now placed on top of a metallic background, although the keys themselves remain largely the same. The only major difference is the inclusion of an extra button consisting of nine dots spread out in three rows that could potentially be a dedicated multitasking button, although this is still unconfirmed. Continuing with what is verified, however, the rear soft-touch plastic panel that appeared on the original KEYone appears to have been removed and in its place is a new hard-touch one that features a slightly refined pattern. Also, just like the front of the smartphone, the rear also does away with the metallic strip up top.

While on the topic of the rear, significant improvements have also been made on the camera front. Specifically, the BlackBerry KEY2 now boasts a dual-camera setup that is rumored to include a main 12-megapixel sensor alongside a secondary 8-megapixel lens. This resolution matches that of the selfie camera. Also, on the inside, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 will be featured alongside 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that will be expandable via microSD. On a final software note, Android 8.1 Oreo will be included straight out of the box.

At this point in time, it’s unclear when exactly the BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale, but taking into account the June 7 announcement, a late June or early July release are the most likely candidates.


source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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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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25 Comments

1. Rager722 unregistered

They should have gotten rid of the on screen buttons for gestures for more screen real estate.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Except the buttons aren't really on the screen i thought. Plus that extra little space wouldn't have made that much of a difference given the aspect ratio. It looks good though. Definitely a standout in today's designs.

20. Rager722 unregistered

My mistake, I looked it the pictures briefly. Still get rid of the buttons even if it's only a minor difference.

2. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I need this to be released already so I can check out the reviews. I’m due for an early upgrade and this is at the top of the list.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Looks more like the Passport which I really dig.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I must admit; it looks WAY better than the original. Very slim and sleek.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22042; Member since: May 28, 2014

The more I see of the BlackBerry KEY2, the more I love it. Soon to be one of the best released smartphones of 2018, IMO.

10. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Very true Meanestgenius. This phone will be really great. Design is great. It will be sleeper hit. I will buy on first day of availability.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22042; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree, my dude. Always nice to talk to a real fan of tech like you, and not someone that pretends to own/like/use something just to justify their trolling.

14. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I couldn't agree more, Meanest. My KEYone unfortunately met an early demise thanks to the my bathroom floor's tiles, but boy oh boy, what an awesome few months I had with it. Both the Galaxy and iPhone sat in my drawer the entire time...the classic BlackBerry design I'd grown so much to love, only now with Android. A device that did everything I needed, and much more. Easily amongst my top five favorite phones of 2017. KEY2 is a day one purchase.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22042; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Totally agree. I am using an iPhone right now but it’s going on my drawer once I get the KEY2. I miss the hardware buttons and form factor too much.

6. CEDEOTB

Posts: 415; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Why tf does it still have capacitive navigation buttons?? They could've easily made the screen taller. DOA

9. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

i couldn't agree more! well said my friend, well said!

7. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Yeap. The front side looks similar with passport. Look sleeker than it's predecessor. But... The hardware navigation button kinda shattered my hope a bit.

8. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

what a lame update! i have the blackberry keyone black edition and i won't update to this! matt texture is no premium by any means, dual camera is not a business phone priority, plus google proved that single cam can be ass good as dual lens cam (pixel 2 XL)! the all glass front equals less premium and more of a mediocre smartphone feel! and the last and the worst the touch buttons! after over a year of using my black edition i lost the count of how many times i accidentally hit the back or home touch keys while scrolling! something almost all people who own blackberry keyone would witness! i have to admit i like my black edition a lot and it is my daily driver despite having Galaxy S8+ and Google Pixel 2, also i was very exited about this phone hoping they would have change the touch keys with on screen buttons and extend the screen real estate, better performance like at least a year old SD 835, some modest waterproofing and smoother keyboard scrolling(the keyboard scroll function on key1 is choppy and not precise). this is more like an update on the key1 maybe they would better make this a black edition update! unfortunately i will have to skip this one, well maybe on key3!

11. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. I really wish they would bump the specs up some in order to match the price, which is obviously going to be expensive. At least HMD is pricing their midrange devices just right.

15. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You have zero intention of ever buying one, so why do you even remotely care about the pricing?

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It gives him a purpose in life. He'll never be able to eat a taco so this is his best bet.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22042; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! The accuracy is unreal...

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22042; Member since: May 28, 2014

Boom. Nothing but facts that I see in your comment.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You do realize the CPU performance of the Snapdragon 660 almost matches the 835? The only huge difference is obviously the GPU where the 835 is far ahead in terms of performance.

19. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

i have to disagree! your analogy is like saying ok you do realize that Mercedes C300 has almost the same options like Mercedes E550! NO DOC it AINT! and im not paing E550 sticker price on C300! food for thought, take a look at Xiaomi MI 8 spepcs and price tag! especially the explorer edition! regards

23. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You can’t exactly compare everything to Xiaomi. If we did that route then we would be saying why is everything more expensive than a Xiaomi. It’s a midrange premium device for $500. The device that is most comparable is actually the Nokia 7 Plus since it tries to offer a similar midrange but premium experience and that device is $475 if you look at current prices for other markets. And this Key2 will have 6 GB of RAM vs the 4 GB on the Nokia. So I think you can say it’s not overpriced.

25. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

first my point on xiaomi was that it offers premium specs with midrange price but what you said was CPU is almost the same which is not! and my argument is not with that! what im saying is blackberry is not offering something that worths upgrading and the pricetag! then again you can compare xiaomi mi 8 even to Galaxy S9! same internals better specs! it even uses the same samsung Super amoled screen by samsung! it has 8GB of ram, under screen fingerprint reader, and it blows all in antutu! with 300$ less! and just to be clear, when we say midranger we mean a phone with inferior internals or materials which xiaomi doesnt utilize any! they even used hardened 7000 aluminium which is used in aerospace equipments!

24. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

they could at least make the touch keys onscreen!

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